Mike Napoli was the offensive hero once again as the Texas Rangers defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in game 5 of the World Series, and are a win away from a World Series title.
The Cardinals struck first again scoring 2 runs in the top for the 1st inning. The Rangers would get one of those runs back when Mitch Moreland hit a solo home run in the bottom of the third. Adrian Beltre would tie the game at 2 with a solo homer of his own in the bottom of the 6th.
The Rangers would breakthrough in the bottom of the 8th and seize control of the game. Michael Young leadoff the inning with a double. The Cardinals would then intentionally walk Nelson Cruz with one out. David Murphy would follow with an infield single to load the bases. With the bases full last night’s offensive hero,Mike Napoli stepped into the box and delivered a 2-run double to give the Ranger a 4-2 lead. Texas closer Neftali Feliz hit the first batter Allen Craig in the top of the 9th. With the hit and run on, Feliz would strike out Albert Pujols and Mike Napoli would throw out Allen Craig at second. Feliz would strike out Lance Berkman for the final out of the game.
The series now returns to St. Louis for game 6 on Wednesday night, with the Rangers looking to close things out.