In a title matchup that’s getting more interesting with every game, Derek Holland put the emphasis back on pitching.
Just three players have tried to steal with Lohse on the mound this season. The lone player to make it was Eric Fryer – a rookie catcher for Pittsburgh.
Nearly everything had gone right for the wild-card Cardinals in the postseason — until the ninth inning Thursday.
The Rangers were 52-29 at home this season; they went 44-37 on the road.
With the Cardinals on the verge of winning the first two games, Motte allowed consecutive singles to open the ninth inning, and sacrifice flies by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young lifted the Texas Rangers to a 2-1 victory Thursday night.
Josh Hamilton and Michael Young hit sacrifice flies in the ninth inning to give Texas the win after Allen Craig greeted reliever Alexi Ogando with a go-ahead single for the second straight night.
The reigning AL MVP has not hit a home run in this postseason. He’s batting .267 with seven RBIs in these playoffs and World Series.
Tony La Russa called on his bullpen 28 times in the NL championship series, and St. Louis became the first team to win a postseason series without a starter reaching the sixth inning.