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World Series Game 4: Holland dominates as Texas ties series

David Brown
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Score and situation: The World Series is tied at two games apiece after left-hander Derek Holland and slugger Mike Napoli led the Texas Rangers to a 4-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.

Leading lads: Holland overcame his mustache to pitch superbly over 8 1/3 innings, allowing two hits (both to Lance Berkman) and two walks while striking out seven. He pitched four shutouts during the regular season but gave way to closer Neftali Feliz after facing two batters in the ninth. They combined for the first World Series shutout since the White Sox beat the Astros 1-0 in Game 4 of '05.

Texas led 1-0 in the sixth when Napoli finally made Cardinals pay for Edwin Jackson's wildness by hitting a three-run home run on the first pitch by reliever Mitchell Boggs.

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Head hangers: {YSP:MORE} Jackson walked seven over 5 1/3 innings, including the two batters on base for Napoli when he brought them home. Albert Pujols went 0-4; hey, he can't be from Krypton every game.

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Key play: Josh Hamilton turned around a change-up from Jackson and lined it to right for an RBI double in the first. Hamilton had only one hit in the Series coming in.

Key Stat: For the first time since 2003, the World Series is deadlocked going into Game 5.

What they'll be talking about: Will Rangers lefty C.J. Wilson get his act together in Game 5?

What's next: In Game 5 on Monday night, Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter opposes Wilson.

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