The World Series is heading for 7 after the St. Louis Cardinals mounted two improbable comebacks to win a game 6 thriller.
Texas’ Adrian Beltre broke a 4-4 tie with a solo home run in the top of the 7th. The next batter, Nelson Cruz would also homer to give the Rangers a 6-4 lead. Later in the inning, Ian Kinsler would single home Derek Holland to put Texas up 7-4.
With Texas up 7-5, Neftali Feliz came in to close things out in the bottom of the 9th…or so he thought. With runners on first and second, David Freese hit a two-out, two-strike triple to tie the game at 7 and send it into extra innings.
With one out in the top of the 10th inning, Josh Hamilton hit his first home run of the post season, a two run blast to give the Rangers a 9-7 lead. Ron Washington turned to Darren Oliver to attempt to close things out in the bottom of the 10th.
Oliver would give up singles to the first two batters in the inning. Kyle Lohse would follow wit a sacrifice bunt. With Oliver unable to get the job done, Washington called upon Scott Feldman to try to complete the save. Feldman got Ryan Theriot to hit into a fielder’s choice for the second out but a run score to make it 9-8 Texas. Texas then intentionally walked Albert Pujols to get to Lance Berkman. With runners on first and second, Lance Berkman hit a rbi double to tie the game at 9 and send the game to the 11th inning.
The game wouldn’t last much longer as the hometown boy David Freese launched a solo home run to straight away center field to send the World Series to a decisive game 7.
Game 7 will be played Friday night in St. Louis.