The St. Louis Cardinals' incredible extra-innings push lasted just three batters in the top of the 10th inning when Josh Hamilton, making his first good swing of the 2011 World Series, hit a home run on a fine Jason Motte pitch to put the Texas Rangers back up by a score of 9-7. Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP, had struggled all series with a groin injury.
The Cardinals somehow managed to rally again in the bottom of the 10th, with Daniel Descalso and Jon Jay reaching on a pair of singles against left-hander Darren Oliver. With nobody left on the Cardinals bench Kyle Lohse was called in to bunt the runners over to second and third, and when Ryan Theriot grounded out to score Descalso and put Jon Jay at second base Albert Pujols was immediately intentionally walked.
The game came down to Lance Berkman, who had homered and singled earlier in the game. With two strikes and two out Berkman singled into center field, scoring Jay and sending the game to the 11th inning. As Joe Buck said: These Cardinals, "they just won't go away."