The second game of the World Series was much like the first: A tightly fought battle in which one team seized the moment with a key play and went on to a one-run victory.
Only this time it was the Rangers who got the last break and they beat the Cardinals 2-1 to even the series at one game each.
Ian Kinsler, who had three hits on the night, led off the top of the ninth with a ball off the end of his bat that died just beyond the reach of shortstop Rafael Furcal for a bloop single. While the Cardinals watched for Elvis Andrus to bunk Kinsler to second, the Rangers second sacker stole the base instead. He beat a throw from Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina, sneaking his hand in by the narrowest of margins. Andrus then was able to swing away for a hit to centerfield and the pay ended with runners on second and third and no one out when Kensler rounded third widely and Albert Pujols missed the ball when he tried to cut it off and presumably throw behind the runner at third.
A pair of sacrifice flies later and Texas turned a 1-0 St. Louis lead through eight innings into a 2-1 advantage for the Rangers.
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The Cardinals seemed to have life in the bottom of the ninth when Molina earned a lead-off walk. But, despite the fact that the batter before him walked on five pitches, Nick Punto came up and tried unsuccessfully to bunt the first two pitches he saw -- which were balls -- and turned them into an 0-2 count. He was then easy prey for the 100-mph throwing Texas close and he waved, flatfooted, at strike three.
Skip Schumaker then came to the plate and hacked at a first pitch ball en-route to a strikeout and Rafael Furcal hit a lazy pop-up to end the game.
The Cardinals run came much like in game one when Allen Craig was summoned to pinch hit with two outs and lined an RBI single over Kinsler's head.