- Associated Press - Friday, October 28, 2011

The comeback is complete, and the Cardinals are the champs! St. Louis beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 to win its second World Series title in six years.

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Lance Lynn pitches a perfect eighth, striking out Adrian Beltre to end the inning.

It’s been a wild ride of a season for the Cardinals, who were 10 1/2 games out in the wild-card race on Aug. 25.

And don’t forget, this team lost a legitimate ace in spring training when Adam Wainwright had major elbow surgery. Wainwright, who won 39 games the past two years and had a pair of top-3 finishes in Cy Young Award balloting, has missed the entire season.

Nelson Cruz, Mike Napoli and David Murphy due up in the ninth for Texas against closer Jason Motte.

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Murphy’s leadoff double chased Chris Carpenter in the seventh. Strong effort on three days’ rest by the Cardinals’ ace.

Arthur Rhodes and Octavio Dotel got out of the inning with St. Louis’ three-run lead intact. Yadier Molina added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to make it 6-2.

After scoring twice in the first inning, the Rangers haven’t been able to push anyone else across.

Texas pitchers have issued 41 walks in the World Series, breaking the previous record of 40 set by the 1997 Florida Marlins.

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A close call goes to the Cardinals in the fifth inning.

With first base open, Texas intentionally walked David Freese to load the bases with two outs. Scott Feldman fell behind 3-1 on Molina, then threw a strike. The full-count pitch also looked like a strike, right on the outside corner, but this time Feldman didn’t get the call from plate umpire Jerry Layne.

Ball four, 4-2 Cardinals.

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