October 29th, 2011
12:01 AM ET

St. Louis Cardinals win World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series on Friday night, defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the seven-game series four games to three.

The championship is the Cardinals' 11th, the most of any National League franchise and second overall in the majors behind the New York Yankees, who have won 27.

Cardinals third-baseman David Freese was named the series' Most Valuable Player. He was also the MVP of the National League Championship Series.

The victory capped one of the great comebacks in the 98-year history of Major League Baseball's championship series. The Cardinals rallied in the waning weeks of the season to reach postseason play as a wild-card team - meaning they had the best record of any team that didn't win its division - on the last day of the season.

St. Louis then defeated the powerful Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers to reach the Fall Classic.

The Cardinals trailed the Rangers three games to two when the World Series came back to St. Louis for the final two scheduled games, and were just one strike away from losing the series in Game 6 on Thursday night when Freese stroked a two-run triple to tie the game 7-7. He then hit the game-winning home run in the 11th inning.

Freese, who grew up in the St. Louis area, hit a two-run double in Game 7 to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the first inning. Allen Craig hit a home run in in the third inning to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish. It was his third homer of the series.

Chris Carpenter, who gave up six hits and struck out five in six innings, was the winning pitcher.

The Rangers, the American League champions, lost their second straight World Series despite winning three of the first five games. They have yet to win baseball's ultimate prize in the 39 years since they moved to Texas from Washington.

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  1. David

    Is this what they call a texas two-step? Hahahah texas, the first team to lose 3 staright world series!

    October 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • A.

      Wait. Do you just asked if this was a Texas TWO step, and than stated this was the Rangers THIRD straight WS loss. Somewhere in there your math is not right.

      October 29, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RangersforLife

      You must be an idiot Yankee fan (or a disgruntles Tiger fan )

      October 30, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. roye

    Baseball.... Uggghhh. Boring.

    October 29, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    @Banasy-Sorry I was just asking if it was Philip, I put a ?mark after his name. Philip, please do not be upset with Banasy for my mistake. I have not been able to pick out your posts lately.

    October 29, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ann R. Key

    It was the most exciting and memorable Series since 10 years ago when the Diamondbacks beat the Yankees-if you think baseball is so boring you obviously don't have the mental capacity to understand the complexities of the game!!

    October 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wake Up

    I've never re-watched a sporting event like I re-watch favorite movies, but if there is a game 6 dvd out there I'm buying it.

    October 30, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Suicyco

    So what buy a gun

    October 30, 2011 at 4:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chig

    I ate way to much pizza tonight and can't stop crapping.

    October 30, 2011 at 5:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. FauxNewz

    The Curse of Bush hits again, ouch.

    October 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RangersforLife

    The Rangers & their fans will be reliving game 6 for a long time. Hopefully the blow doesn't permanently wreck the morale & instead inspires the team to wear it as a badge until they win it . 40 years & counting -will always be a fan -Go Rangers !

    October 30, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
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