(Updates with losing pitcher in second paragraph)
Oct. 28 (Bloomberg) -- The St. Louis Cardinals, trailing by two runs and down to their last strike in both the ninth and 10th innings, rallied to defeat the Texas Rangers 10-9 in 11 innings and force a decisive World Series Game 7 tonight.
David Freese’s home run off Mark Lowe leading off the 11th inning won the game.
Freese’s two-run triple with two outs in the ninth had tied the game 7-7 and sent it into extra innings. Then, after Josh Hamilton hit a two-run homer in the top of the 10th for Texas, the Cardinals responded with two runs.
Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz hit back-to-back home runs leading off the seventh inning as the Rangers took a 7-4 lead. The Cardinals tied the game with Allen Craig’s solo homer in the eighth and Freese’s triple in the ninth.
The teams combined to use 15 pitchers in a sloppy, roller- coaster game that included five errors, 12 walks and a runner picked off third base.
Texas catcher Mike Napoli had a run-scoring single for his 10th RBI of the series and picked Matt Holliday off third base to short-circuit a St. Louis rally in the sixth inning.
--Editor: Nancy Kercheval
To contact the reporter for this story: Rob Gloster at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at email@example.com