Chris Carpenter allowed two hits including a lead off single to Ian Kinsler in the first inning. Kinsler was cut down on a failed hit-and-run attempt by Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina. The Rangers threatened again in the second after Adrian Beltre doubled with one out and Nelson Cruz followed with a walk. However, Carpenter got Mike Napoli to ground into an inning ending double play to eliminate the threat.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson surrendered a lead off walk to Rafael Furcal in the first but a double play and an Albert Pujols line out ended the threat. St Louis recorded its first hit of the night in the third inning when Nick Punto led off with a single. Chris Carpenter failed to get a sacrifice bunt down and Wilson escaped without any damage.