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Cardinals Vs. Rangers Score: Allen Craig Gives St. Louis 1-0 Lead

Stop me if you've heard this before. Allen Craig's pinch hit single off Alexi Ogando has given the Cardinals the lead late in the World Series. 

In Game 1, Craig hit a line drive into right field, just beyond the reach of Nelson Cruz, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. On Thursday night in Game 2, Craig had an encore performance, lining an 0-1 pitch into right center field, scoring David Freese from second base, giving the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals were set up with runners on first and second, after Michael Young failed to corral a tricky hop on a grounder from Nick Punto. Ron Washington then decided to remove Colby Lewis from the game, in favor of Ogando.

Once again, though, the decision by Washington backfired, though you can hardly blame Washington for bringing Ogando into the game.

Ogando did get Rafael Furcal to ground out to third to end the inning.

St. Louis will be going to their bullpen as the game heads into the eighth inning. Lewis is currently on the hook for the loss as it stands, and Jaime Garcia is in line to pick up the win if the score holds. 

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