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Cardinals win in dramatic fashion, game 7 in St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals twice were down to their final strike but rallied to beat the Texas Rangers 10-9 on an 11th inning homer by David Freese. That ended a four-hour, 33-minute classic Game 6 that began with a rash of errors but will be remembered as the game in which the Cardinals refused to go away.

As a result of Freese's heroics, the baseball season will go to a Game 7 Friday. It's the first time since 2002 that the World Series will go the distance, ending the longest gap in baseball history.

The Cardinals are the first team in the history of the World Series to score runs in the eighth, ninth, 10th and 11th innings. Freese delivered the first walkoff homer in Cards World Series history. Freese called his big hit "an incredible feeling."

The Rangers took the lead in the seventh on back-to-back home runs by Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. But the Cardinals chipped away and tied it with two in the ninth on an opposite-field triple by Freese.

Then Josh Hamilton's two-run homer in the 10th put the Rangers ahead 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 the 10th. Lance Berkman, who hit a two-run homer earlier, tied it with a two-out single in the 10th.

Game 6 was an error-filled affair by both teams. The Cards made three errors and the Rangers two.

The Rangers will pitch Matt Harrison, who lost Game 3, on Friday. Cards manager Tony La Russa must decide whether to send ace Chris Carpenter to the mound on short rest or start Kyle Lohse or Edwin Jackson.

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