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The lack of offense was surprising given the way the Rangers were built.

With a power-packed lineup, Texas finished second behind the New York Yankees in homers and third behind the Yankees and Boston Red Sox in runs scored this season. Their .283 batting average as a team was the best in baseball.

The Rangers played to formula in the ALCS against Detroit, when Cruz pounded out six homers and drove in 13 runs _ both totals the most by any player in any postseason series.

St. Louis largely managed to shut the Rangers down, so they resorted to small ball.

Texas stringed a walk and a couple singles together for a run in the first inning, and then coaxed another run across with a single and double in the second. The Rangers took advantage of errors in the fourth and fifth for two more runs, and the game was tied 4-all when the bats finally awoke.

Beltre was the first to come through, and Cruz and Hamilton eventually joined in the fun.

It was the Cardinals, though, who wound up celebrating at the end.

“I’m not going to lose any sleep over it,” Hamilton said. “We’re just going to do everything we can to prepare. Guys are already talking about it. We’re ready for Game 7. Shake it off and come back tomorrow. That’s just our mentality. But it goes both ways. Seems like they had that mentality, too.”