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Hurting Josh Hamilton lifts Texas

Slugger's ninth-inning sac fly helps Rangers edge Cards in World Series Game 2

Updated: October 21, 2011, 5:11 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

ST. LOUIS -- A full five and a half hours before the Texas Rangers would duct tape the mouths of a 47,000-plus Busch Stadium crowd and even this World Series, Ron Washington made a prediction.

It was the kind of prediction that could come back to haunt you like Jacob Marley, family vacation videos or six-alarm chili. And Washington didn't care.

The topic was Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, the 2010 AL MVP whose late-season groin strain had slowly sapped him of his ...

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