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Rangers Vs. Cardinals Score: Mike Napoli Eighth Inning Double Gives Texas 4-2 Lead

Mike Napoli's two run double with the bases loaded gives the Rangers a 4-2 lead heading into the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2011 World Series. 

Michael Young started the rally with a lead off double to right center. Adrian Beltre struck out and Cardinals reliever Octavio Dotel issued the intentional walk to Nelson Cruz. Dotel was replaced by lefty Marc Rzepczynski who was brought in to face the left handed hitting David Murphy with one out and runners at first and second. 

Murphy lined a ball back up the middle that ricocheted off of Rzepczynski's knee enabling all runners to reach safely. That brought up Mike Napoli with the bases loaded who delivered with a double to right center for a 4-2 lead. Jason Motte struck out Elvis Andrus with the bases loaded to end the inning. 

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

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