Cards stun Rangers, comeback again

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate their dramatic 10-9 win on Thursday.

Story highlights

  • The Cardinals beat the Rangers 10 to 9 Thursday to win Game 6
  • The win pushes the series to a final Game 7
  • David Freese hits walk-off homer
  • "We expect to come back," Freese says
The comebacks just don't stop for the St. Louis Cardinals as they stunned the Texas Rangers late Thursday night, beating them in extra innings to push the World Series to a final Game 7.
The Cardinals were pushed to within their last strike in the ninth and tenth innings only to come back and erase two-run deficits in both times.
They finished the comeback in the eleventh inning beating the Rangers 10 to 9 on David Freese's walk-off home run.
The win means the two teams will meet again Friday to decide the champion.
"That was incredible. We fought back," Freese said. "That is the way we have been playing lately . We expect to come back."
Freese also tripled in the ninth inning to tie the game.
Comebacks are nothing new for the Cards who made a furious dash just to reach the postseason.
The Cardinals erased a 10.5-game deficit with the Atlanta Braves in the last month of the season just to make it to the playoffs. They punctuated that comeback by taking the must-win last two games of the season and stealing the National League wild card from the Braves.
Once in the playoffs, the Cards defeated division champs the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies.
Both feats defied the oddsmakers.
But Thursday's thrilling comeback may be sweeter than all others, some Cards said
The Rangers took the lead in the seventh inning when Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz blasted back-to-back solo home runs. The game was tied at 4 when the inning started but the Rangers broke through with the two dingers.
The Rangers could not hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning, allowing the Cards to rally and tie the game.
In the 10th, the Rangers took a lead again when outfielder Josh Hamilton walloped a two-run homer to deep right field.
But again the Cards stormed back.
"I have played in some special games but this one takes the cake," said Cards right fielder Lance Berkman.