Cardinals, Rangers scoreless after 3 innings
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Cardinals' Jaime Garcia pitched hitless ball through three innings and was nearly matched by Texas starter Colby Lewis, leaving St. Louis and the Rangers tied 0-0 Thursday night in Game 2 of the World Series.
Garcia retired his first nine batters in order, and didn't allow a ball out of the infield. He struck out two, induced five groundouts, one popout and a lineout, throwing 21 of 35 pitches for strikes,
Lewis allowed just two runners, walking Matt Holliday on four pitches in the second inning and allowing a two-out double to right by Rafael Furcal in the third before Jon Jay's groundout to first. Lewis struck out two, throwing 45 pitches.
Garcia had been 0-2 with a 5.74 ERA in his first three postseason starts. Lewis has pitched better on the road than at home this year and was 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA, winning at Tampa Bay and losing at Detroit.
A night after a cold, rainy opener, it was slightly warmer, with a gametime temperature of 50 degrees. Stan Musial, the Cardinals Hall of Famer who turns 91 next month, attended the game at Busch Stadium, hoping to watch St. Louis move halfway to its 11th championship and first since 2006.
When the Series shifts to Texas on Saturday night, Matt Harrison starts Game 3 for the Rangers and Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals. Derek Holland goes for the Rangers in Game 4 on Sunday and Edwin Jackson for the Cardinals.
Texas, seeking the first Series title in franchise history, had not lost consecutive games since Aug. 23-25 at Boston and was hoping to avoid a repeat of last year, when the Rangers went to San Francisco and were swept by the Giants 11-7 and 9-0 in the first two games. The Giants went on to win the Series in five games.
Teams winning the opener have won seven of the last eight titles, 12 of the last 14 and 19 of the last 23. Of the 52 clubs taking 2-0 Series leads, 41 have gone on to win, including eight in a row and 15 of the last 16. The exception was the 1996 Atlanta Braves, who won the first two games at Yankee Stadium and then lost four in a row.
Of teams that won Game 2 to even the Series, 29 of 54 have gone on to win — but just two of the last seven, the 2002 Angels and the 2009 Yankees.