ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 19: Allen Craig #21 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning during Game One of the MLB World Series against the Texas Rangers at Busch Stadium on October 19, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The St. Louis Cardinals top the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of the 2011 World Series as one starter hits six innings and the teams combine to score five runs.
The St. Louis Cardinals took Game 1 of the 2011 World Series vs. the Texas Rangers in unfamiliar fashion—with a starting pitcher going six innings and a 3-2 lead holding up all the way to the end of the game—but with familiar results. Chris Carpenter went six solid innings, the middle of the order came through, and a pinch-hit single from Allen Craig set the game up for just three innings from the Cardinals' bullpen, including a 10-pitch save from Jason Motte and a lights-out performance from Marc Rzepczysnki.
The Cardinals scored early when thanks to the vaunted middle of their order—Albert Pujols was hit by a pitch to start the fourth inning, and a Matt Holliday double and a Lance Berkman single put in two runs. But after the Rangers got those runs back on a two-run homer from Mike Napoli it came down to two-on, two out, and pinch-hitter Allen Craig in the game for Carpenter. With two strikes on him, Craig did it for Torty, driving the ball for an RBI single that gave the Cardinals a 3-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Craig's pinch-hit single put the Cardinals' ace in line for the win, but he'd done a fine job even without the decision—Carpenter struck out four and walked one in six innings of work, finally giving the Cardinals' rotation a quality start for the first time since his last quality start, a complete-game shutout in Game 5 of the NLDS. C.J. Wilson struggled, walking six in five-plus innings, but allowed just three runs when the Cardinals failed to take advantage of some game-breaking situations.