Texas Rangers vs. St. Louis Cardinals Live Blog: Live Updates and Analysis
Neal Cotts (4-1) earned the win in relief, Trevor Rosenthal (1-1) suffered his first loss and Joe Nathan tallied his 23rd save of the season.
Nelson Cruz led the way with three RBI and Derek Holland recovered from a rough start to throw seven innings and receive a no-decision.
Holland gave up four runs on four hits in the first two innings, but would settle down and retire the final 12 hitters he faced. He walked three and struck out four in a strong finish. He also went 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a run scored.
Tyler Lyons started for the Cardinals but only lasted 1.2 innings giving up four runs on three hits with three walks. Lyons is now winless in his last four starts. The Cardinals have the best record in baseball, but are just 5-5 in their last 10.
Allen Craig added a two-run double to increase his season total to 57 RBI. Carlos Beltran earned his 46th RBI in the first inning, but flew out to the wall in left-center field to end the game.
This was the Rangers’ first regular season trip to Busch Stadium and the first since Game 7 of the 2011 World Series.
The Rangers lost games six and seven in Busch Stadium en route to their second consecutive World Series loss. It was the Cardinals’ 11th World Series title.
Saturday’s Game 2 is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. and features Martin Perez (0-1) against Shelby Miller (8-4).
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The Texas Rangers defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4. WP: Neal Cotts (4-1) LP: Trevor Rosenthal (1-1) SV: Joe Nathan (23)
Beltran flies out to warning track in left-center. David Murphy makes a tremendous running catch to take away extra bases from Beltran and secure the win for the Rangers.
Carpenter advances to second on fielder's indifference.
Adams strikes out swinging, two outs.
Matt Adams will pinch-hit in the pitcher's spot.
Kozma fouls out to the catcher.
It is last call for the Cardinals, trailing by two runs. Joe Nathan will take the hill for the Texas Rangers.
Pierzynski grounds out to second. Rangers add a pair and take a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth.
Beltre grounds into 3-6-3 double-play. Two outs, nobody on for A.J. Pierzynski.
Cruz singled to center, Kinsler and Andrus scored. Rangers lead 6-4.
Andrus advances to second on wild pitch by Rosenthal.
Andrus sacrifices to pitcher, safe at first on throwing-error by Rosenthal. Kinsler advances to third.
Kinsler singles to center.
Jay grounds out to first, 3-1 the put out. We've played eight, and it remains a 4-4 tie.
Freese intentionally walked. That loads the bases for Jon Jay.
Molina doubles to left, Craig to third.
Craig singles to left. He's the first Cardinal base-runner since Jon Jay led off the fourth with a walk.
Holliday strikes out swinging.
Beltran lines out to left.
Neal Cotts takes over on the hill for the Rangers.
Holland's final line reads: seven innings pitched, four earned runs, four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts on 91 pitches. He was 0-for-2 from the plate with a walk and a run scored.
Profar strikes out swinging. It is still a 4-4 tie heading to the home-half of the eighth.
Jurickson Profar grabs a bat and will pinch-hit for Derek Holland, ending his day.
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