Texas Rangers rally to level World Series

Story highlights

  • Texas Rangers beat St. Louis Cardinals in second game of World Series
  • Rangers 2-1 success secured courtesy of two sacrifice flies at the top of the ninth
  • Only team in World Series history to win a game by scoring all runs with sacrifice flies
  • The series is now level at 1-1 ahead of game three in Texas Saturday
Two ninth inning sacrifice flies were enough to earn Texas Rangers a 2-1 win over St. Louis Cardinals in game two of the World Series Thursday night.
After losing game one 3-2 on Wednesday, the Rangers hit back at Busch Stadium to square Major League Baseball's (MLB) best-of-seven game championship series at 1-1.
Outfielder Josh Hamilton, nursing a groin strain, produced the first sacrifice fly at the top of the ninth, before Michael Young did the same to allow Elvis Andrus to run home and seal Rangers' come-from-behind success.
Hamilton, 30, admitted the groin injury was causing him pain, but said it would not stop him from trying to help Rangers secure their first World Series triumph.
"Obviously, it hurts," Hamilton told MLB's official website. "It is what it is. I can play through it. It's something I have to deal with it. I wouldn't say I'm frustrated."
Texas earned their victory in historic fashion, becoming the only team in the 107-year history of the World Series to win a game by scoring all their runs from sacrifice flies.
"I don't care how we scored them," Young, 35, said of the manner in which the Rangers sealed victory. "In that situation, sacrifice flies are what we needed."
Allen Craig batted in Cardinals' only score and the utility player backed his team to recover ahead of game three on Saturday.
"It's a tough loss, but we have a tough team," said Craig. "We've battled a lot of tough things this year. We've had a lot of tough losses in the beginning of the year, and all throughout the year.
"We've had to come back the next day and strap it up and come back and get a win."
Saturday will see the teams move to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, which will play host to the next three games of the series.