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Hamilton double gives Rangers 1-0 lead over Cardinals in Game 4 as Texas tries to even Series
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ' Slumping Josh Hamilton hit a run-scoring double in the first off Edwin Jackson, and the Texas Rangers led the St. Louis Cardinals 1-0 after three innings Sunday night as they tried to even the World Series at two games apiece.
Derek Holland, 2-0 in 10 career postseason appearances, allowed one hit in the first three innings, an RBI double to Lance Berkman in the second. He struck out three, walked none and threw 29 of 44 pitches for strikes. He allowed only Berkman's hit out of the infield and got assistance from third baseman Adrian Beltre, who made a leaping catch on Rafael Furcal's liner starting the game.
Struggling with his control, Jackson went to three-ball counts on four of his first 10 batters but mostly escaped trouble with the help of some long outs ' three flyouts at or just in front of the warning track. He gave up three hits and two walks, striking out one, and threw just 31 of 55 pitches for strikes.
After getting pounded 16-7 Saturday night, Texas was hoping to become the first team to tie the Series 2-2 since the 2003 Florida Marlins against the New York Yankees. The Rangers had not lost consecutive games since Aug. 23-25 against Boston.
Texas was ahead after 10 pitches from Jackson, ending the Cardinals' streak of scoring first in 10 straight postseason games, one short of the record set by Detroit from 1972-84.
Elvis Andrus singled sharply to left with one out and Hamilton, just 1 for 12 (.083) coming in, doubled down the right field line. A pair of walks loaded the bases with two outs, and David Murphy flied out to Matt Holliday a couple steps in front of the left field warning track, ending a 25-pitching inning.
After his throwing error at first base Saturday night led to two runs, Mike Napoli moved behind the plate and Mitch Moreland started at first. Napoli was dropped to eighth in the batting order, between Murphy and Moreland, to split the righties.
Moreland wound up helping save a run in the second. Berkman, 6 for 13 in the Series, doubled to the right-center gap with one out and, after David Freese struck out, Yadier Molina hit a grounder off the front of the mound. Ian Kinsler ranged to the shortstop side of the mound, gloved the ball and made an off-balance throw to first, where Moreland scooped it.
Kinsler singled sharply with two outs in the second, then got caught off first by Molina and was tagged out in a rundown for a caught stealing.
For the second time in three years, baseball and NFL teams from the same cities met on the day of a World Series game, with the Dallas Cowboys defeating the St. Louis Rams 34-7 across the street. In 2009, the Yankees won 7-4 at the Phillies as the Eagles routed the Giants 40-17 across the street in Philadelphia.
In a rematch of the opener, won by the Cardinals 3-2, Chris Carpenter starts Game 5 for St. Louis on Saturday night and C.J. Wilson goes for Texas.
Thirty-six of 42 teams to win Game 4 for a 3-1 Series lead have gone on to win the title. Twenty-two of 40 teams to win Game 4 and tied the Series 2-2 have gone on the championships. The Series has not been 2-all since 2003, when the Marlins overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the Yankees in six games.
NOTES: Former President George W. Bush ' a former Rangers owner ' threw the ceremonial first pitch to Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan, the current team CEO. Bush stood in front of the rubber, and his ball went over the right-handed batter's box, bounced off Ryan's catcher's mitt and glanced off a photographer.