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The Cardinals were 10.5 games back with 32 games left in the season. They finished the regular season with a record of 23-9 and clinched the wild card on the final day of the season.
Albert Pujols once again led the Cardinals offense, 37 home runs and 99 RBI (first time he failed to hit the century mark) and Lance Berkman had a great comeback year with 31 homers and 91 RBI.
St. Louis faced the heavily favored Philadelphia Phillies and their star studded pitching staff in the NLDS. The teams split the first pair of games in Philadelphia, before the the Phillies took a 2-1 lead heading in to Game 4.
Cardinals were trailing in the fifth inning of Game 4, when the series began to shift in their favor after the Rally Squirrel ran across the field in Busch Stadium. They went on to win 5-3. They clinched the series on the road, two nights later, when Chris Carpenter pitched nine shutout innings in a 1-0 win.
St. Louis beat their divisional rival Milwaukee Brewers in six games in the NLCS, setting up a matchup with the defending American League-champion Texas Rangers.
The Fall Classic was tied going in to the third game, after the first two games were both decided by a single run. Cardinals won Game 3, 16-7, during a night in which Albert Pujols tied a World Series single game-record with three homers and six RBI; and set records with four consecutive hits and 14 total bases.
Texas won the next two games by a combined score of 8-2 to put the Cardinals in a 3-2 hole with the series heading back to St. Louis.
Game 6 would go down as one of the best of all time after the Rangers were twice, one strike away from winning their first World Series title. NLCS and World Series MVP David Freese hit a triple in the bottom of the ninth to the tie game up at 7.
Texas regained the lead and was up 9-7 in the bottom of the 10th, but once again failed to hold off the Cardinals. Freese was once again the hero, when he sent the series to Game 7 with a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the 11th.
No team had ever scored in the eighth, ninth, 10th, and 11th innings of a World Series game.
The Cardinals went on to win Game 7, 6-2 to earn their 11th title in franchise history.