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Behind Carpenter, Cardinals lead Rangers 2-1 in World Series Game 5, trying to take 3-2 lead
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ' Yadier Molina and Skip Schumaker drove in second-inning runs after C.J. Wilson walked a pair of batters, and the St. Louis Cardinals led the Texas Rangers 2-1 after three as they tried to take a three games to two lead in the World Series.
Mitch Moreland homered nearly halfway up the second deck in the third inning against Chris Carpenter, who beat Wilson in last week's opener.
Carpenter allowed three hits in the first three innings, struck out one and walked one, throwing 43 pitches.
Trying to avoid becoming the first pitcher to lose four games in a single postseason, Wilson retired the Cardinals in order in the first but quickly got his pitch count up. He allowed two runs ' one earned ' and two hits in the first three innings with three walks, one of them intentional. He already has nine walks in the Series and threw just 29 of 55 pitches for strikes.
Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman walked starting the second, and David Freese flied to short right field, with the runners holding.
Molina singled into left field to put the Cardinals ahead, and Berkman advanced to third when David Murphy bobbled the ball for an error.
Schumaker then grounder sharply to Moreland, who bobbled the ball and lost a chance for an inning-ending double play. Moreland recovered and stepped on first for the second out as Berkman scored. Nick Punto then sliced a liner into left field, and Murphy made a fine, diving backhand catch. Already at first base, Punto kneeled and softly whacked his right thigh with the bat, as if to break it in frustration.
Rafael Furcal bunted to start the third and Wilson slipped coming off the mound, then bounced a backhand flip past Moreland as Furcal took second on what was ruled a hit and the Rangers' sixth error of the Series. Allen Craig sacrificed, Albert Pujols was intentionally walked and Berkman grounded into a double play. Wilson led the majors by inducing 31 GIDPs.
Texas threatened to tie the score in the third after the homer by Moreland, who had been in a 2-for-23 postseason slide. Elvis Andrus bunted to the left side of the mound for a hit and Josh Hamilton singled into left, but Carpenter got Michael Young to ground to shortstop.
Furcal, who turned 34 Monday, had led off the game with a liner to third baseman Adrian Beltre, just as he did in Game 4. This was an easier play, with Beltre not having to leap. Furcal turned and slashed his bat through the air in frustration.
Given a green light on a 3-0 count, Pujols flied to Hamilton in front of the warning track in center.
The Series is tied 2-2 for the first time since 2003. The Game 5 winner has gone on to the title in 27 of 41 previous times the teams have been 2-all ' but just three of the last nine.
Just six teams trailing 3-2 swept the final two games on the road: the 1926 and 1934 Cardinals, the 1952 and 1958 New York Yankees, the 1968 Detroit Tigers and the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.
This is the first time teams have alternated wins in the first four games since 1997, when Florida won Games 1, 3, 5 and 7 against Cleveland.
When the Series resumes Wednesday in St. Louis, Jaime Garcia starts for the Cardinals and Colby Lewis for the Rangers. The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain.
NOTES: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach bounced the ceremonial first pitch.