ST. LOUIS - (AP) - The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down totheir final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an11th inning walkoff homer by David Freese. That ended afour-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash oferrors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinalsrefused to go away.
As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go toa Game 7 Friday. It's the first time since 2002 that the WorldSeries will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseballhistory. The Cardinals are the first team in the history of the WorldSeries to score runs in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings.Freese delivered the first walkoff homer in Cards World Serieshistory. Freese called his big hit "an incredible feeling."
The Rangers took the lead in the seventh on back-to-back homeruns by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. But theCardinals chipped away and tied it with two in the ninth on anopposite-field triple by Freese.
Then Josh Hamilton's two-run homer in the 10th put the Rangersahead 9-7. It was the first home run in 82 at-bats for Hamilton,who was playing despite a groin injury.
But the Cardinals tied it with two runs in the bottom of the10th. Lance Berkman, who hit a two-run homer earlier, tied it witha two-out single in the 10th.
Game 6 was an error-filled affair by both teams. The Cards madethree errors and the Rangers two.
The Rangers will pitch Matt Harrison, who lost Game 3, tonight.Cards manager Tony La Russa must decide whether to send ace ChrisCarpenter to the mound on short rest tonight or start Kyle Lohse or Edwin Jackson.