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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Final Score: Texas Drops World Series Opener 3-2

The St. Louis Cardinals got a pinch hit RBI single from Allen Craig in the bottom half of the sixth inning that gave them the lead and their bullpen made it stand up as they went on to defeat the Texas Rangers 3-2 in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series. 

The Rangers threatened in the seventh after putting two men on against Cardinals' reliever Fernando Salas. However, Marc Rzepczynski struck out Craig Gentry and Esteban German to end the threat. 

C.J. Wilson takes the loss in Game 1 after pitching 5.2 innings and allowing four hits and three runs. Wilson struggled with his control walking six batters while striking out four. Chris Carpenter earns the win for the Cardinals pitching six innings while allowing five hits and two runs. Carpenter walked one while striking out four. Jason Motte came on and worked a perfect ninth to earn the save. 

For more on the 2011 World Series, Cardinals fans should check out Viva El Birdos and Rangers fans should join the discussion at Lone Star Ball

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.