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Monday, October 24, 2011
Adrian Beltre ties it up with one-knee HR

By Tim MacMahon

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The score of Game 5 after six innings is the same as the series.

All tied up, 2-2.

Adrian Beltre tied the score by driving a ball over the left-field fence despite dropping to one knee on the swing. The 388-foot homer off Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter was Beltre's first homer since he went deep three times in the ALDS clincher.

The homer got C.J. Wilson off the hook for the decision, preventing the Rangers' No. 1 starter from becoming the first pitcher with four losses in one postseason.

The Rangers came within a few feet of doing much more damage in the frame. The inning ended with Mike Napoli's 400-foot fly ball being caught on the warning track in center field, stranding two runners.