Derek Holland allowed two hits over 8 1-3 innings, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night that evened the World Series at two games apiece.
Hobbled Josh Hamilton put Texas ahead with an RBI double in the first inning. Then Mike Napoli broke it open with a three-run homer in the sixth on the first pitch from reliever Mitchell Boggs, who came in after loser Edwin Jackson walked his seventh batter.
Holland walked Rafael Furcal with one out in the ninth, and Neftali Feliz got two outs, including Albert Pujols with two runners on.
The Texas Rangers lost Game 3 of the World Series by the final score of 16-7. The Cardinals scored SIXTEEN RUNS. Not six. Six-TEEN.
The win was huge for the Rangers, although a loss would not have been fatal. In the Rangers’ situation, teams that trail and tie a World Series with a Game 4 victory, have gone on to win 22 of 40 times. By contrast, if the Cards had won Game 4, 36 of the 42 teams leading 3-1 in that situation have gone on to win the Series. The Rangers have life.