World Series Game 6: Freese puts Rangers on ice, keeps Cards alive

David Brown
Big League Stew

Score and situation: Twice the Texas Rangers got within one strike of a championship, and twice the St. Louis Cardinals turned them back. David Freese tied the score in the ninth and won Game 6 of the World Series in the 11th with a home run, keeping the Cardinals alive with an epic 10-9 victory on Thursday night.

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Leading lads: Freese, who dropped a routine pop-up for an error earlier, hit a tying, two-run triple against Neftali Feliz with the Cardinals down to their last strike in the ninth. His solo home run in the 11th came against Mark Lowe. Baseball Reference reports it to be the eighth extra-inning, game-ending homer in Series history.

Also down to his last strike in the 10th, Lance Berkman tied the score with an RBI single.

Josh Hamilton, who had been struggling in the Series in part because of a sore groin, went 3 for 6, including a go-ahead home run against Jason Motte in the top of the 10th.

Head hangers: {YSP:MORE} For the most part, both defenses were horrendous — embarrassing at times, actually — with the Cardinals making three errors and the Rangers two (both by Michael Young). All of the mistakes aided runs. Elvis Andrus also made a poor decision on a grounder in the ninth — ruled a single — that helped fuel St. Louis' rally.

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Key play: Nelson Cruz misplayed Freese's triple in the ninth, misjudging and drifting on the ball hit to the wall in right. Cruz also has a strained right groin and might not be available in Game 7.

Watch Freese tie the score

What they'll be talking about: Was this the best Game 6 in World Series history? It was entertaining enough but probably too sloppy.

What's next: Fox broadcaster Joe Buck, repeating the call of his father, Jack Buck, when Kirby Puckett won Game 6 of the '91 Series with a home run, told the audience, "We will see you tomorrow night" as Freese's blast reached the batter's eye in center. It's the first World Series Game 7 since 2002.

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