Monday, October 24, 2011
Rangers take lead on Mike Napoli's double
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Year of the Napoli, as Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon called it, keeps on rolling.
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli delivered a two-run, go-ahead double in the bottom of the eight inning.
Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa opted to leave left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski in to face Napoli, whom the Rangers acquired for reliever Frankie Francisco in an under-the-radar offseason deal because of his success against southpaws. Napoli drove a 1-1 slider into the right-center gap to give the Rangers their first lead of the night, scoring Michael Young and Nelson Cruz.
Rangers 4, Cardinals 2 after eight innings.