Originally posted on NBC Dallas- Fort Worth  |  Last updated 10/21/11
With their World Series hopes close to essentially being dashed, the Rangers sent the top of their order up against St. Louis Cardinals de facto closer Jason Motte to try to scratch one run across the plate to send the game to extra innings or two to win it. The struggling top of the order opted for the latter, and it was because of the aggressive nature of the Rangers on the base paths, most notably by Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. Both ended up scoring on sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young, and Neftali Feliz closed the game out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 2-1 win, making them the first team to win a World Series game after trailing through eight innings since 2001 when the Diamondbacks walked off against the Yankees in Game 7. It all started when ian Kinsler led off the inning against Motte with a bloop single that likely would have been an out had the Cardinals outfield not been guarding against doubles and playing a bit deep. Not a bad strategy,
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