ARLINGTON, Texas — The Rangers entered Sunday night’s game four of the World Series with hopes of getting rid of the bad taste they had following a 16-7 loss to the Cardinals one night earlier. Before taking the field, Rangers manager, Ron Washington, had a quick discussion with starter Derek Holland. It served as motivation for the young pitcher. Holland took control of the game immediately and never gave it up. In eight and one third innings he allowed two hits, both by Lance Berkman. The only other base runners were the three hitters walked (two by Holland). Washington pulled Holland with one out in the ninth after he walked Rafael Furcal. The crowd in Arlington gave Holland a standing ovation as he walked off to the dugout. Closer, Neftali Feliz, came in for Texas to shut it down. The Rangers got on the scoreboard in the first courtesy of a Josh Hamilton double that scored Elvis Andrus. They added three more runs in the sixth when Mike Napoli hit a three run homer. Prior to Napoli’s at-bat, Cardinals manager, Tony LaRussa, brought in reliever Mitchell Boggs to replace starter Edwin Jackson. The first pitch Boggs threw is the one Napoli crushed.
The 4-0 Ranger victory evened up the series at two games a piece. Both teams are back at it Monday night for one final time in Texas before returning to St. Louis for game six and game seven, if it is necessary.
World Series Stats of the Night:
- The last American League pitcher to make it at least eight and one third innings in a World Series game was Andy Pettitte, who did it in 1996 as a member of the Yankees.
Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington – Arlington, Texas
St. Louis 0, Texas 4
(WP: Holland) (LP: Jackson)
The best of seven series is tied at two games a piece.
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