Mike Napoli's go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the eighth lifted the Rangers to a 4-2 win over the Cardinals in the pivotal Game Five of the World Series. Mitch Moreland and Adrian Beltre hit solo homers for Texas, which erased an early 2-0 deficit to take a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series. The Rangers are a win away from their first World Series title in franchise history. Darren Oliver tossed a perfect inning of relief to get the win. Neftali Feliz closed things out to earn his second save of the series.
Yadier Molina went 3-for-4 with an RBI for St. Louis, which scored both of its runs in the second inning. Chris Carpenter tossed seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision. Octavio Dotel was charged with the loss. St. Louis stranded 12 men on base in the loss. The Cardinals will try to push the series to the limit when they host Game Six at 8:05 p.m. Eastern Wednesday evening. The Cardinals are slated to start Jaime Garcia on the mound Wednesday. The Rangers are scheduled to counter with Colby Lewis.