ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals’ bullpen failed to hold on this time, allowing the Texas Rangers to tie the World Series at a game apiece.

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.

In a virtual repeat of the opener, pinch-hitter Allen Craig put the Cardinals ahead with a seventh-inning single off Alexi Ogando.

After five pitchers combined for three innings of scoreless, one-hit relief to finish off a 3-2 Cardinals win in Game 1, Motte quickly got into trouble.

Ian Kinsler blooped a leadoff single to left in the ninth, just the fourth hit for the Rangers, and then stole second. Elvis Andrus singled to center, with Kinsler holding at third, and Andrus advanced when Jon Jay’s throw deflected off the glove of cutoff man Albert Pujols.

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa brought in lefty Arthur Rhodes to face Hamilton, who is hitless in 16 consecutive World Series at-bats dating to Game 3 against San Francisco last year. But the reigning AL MVP drove home Kinsler with a fly to right.

Lance Lynn relieved, and Young hit a fly to center that scored Andrus.

Motte took the loss, and Mike Adams got the win with a scoreless eighth. Neftali Feliz pitched the ninth for the save, walking Yadier Molina before striking out Nick Punto and Scott Schumaker. Rafael Furcal flied out to end it.

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