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.