The Texas Rangers have won game one of the three game weekend series beating the Cardinals 6-4 on Friday night at Busch Stadium. The series has been billed as a rematch of the 2011 World Series, won by the Cardinals in seven games.
The Rangers broke a 4-4 ninth inning tie when Nelson Cruz drove in two runs with a single off losing pitcher Trevor Rosenthal. The Cardinals got off to a fast start with three first inning runs. Three of the first four Cardinals hitters collected doubles in the inning off Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland. Carlos Beltran drove in the first run with a double, while Allen Craig got two more runners home on another double to make it a 3-0 game.
But Cardinals starting pitcher Tyler Lyons struggled in the second inning, surrendering the 3-0 lead by allowing four runs. Joe Kelly came on in relief in the second inning and threw five shutout innings. Texas Rangers relief pitcher and Lebanon, Illinois native Neal Cotts got the win, throwing a scoreless 8th inning, getting out of a bases loaded jam.
You can see game two of this series right here on Fox 2. Our Red Zone pre game coverage begins at 5:30 PM. First pitch of the Rangers and Cardinals is at 6:15 PM.