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St. Louis defeats Texas to win World Series in Game 7

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte reacts after Texas Rangers' David Murphy flies out to end Game 7 Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, in St. Louis.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The St. Louis Cardinals won a remarkable World Series they weren’t even supposed to reach, beating the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 on Friday night with another key hit by hometown star David Freese and six gutsy innings from Chris Carpenter.

A day after an epic Game 6 that saw them twice within one strike of elimination, the Cardinals captured their 11th World Series crown.

After a whole fall on the edge, Tony La Russa’s team didn’t dare mess with Texas, or any more drama.

Freese’s two-run double tied it in the first inning against loser Matt Harrison and Allen Craig hit a go-ahead homer in the third.

Pitching on short rest, Carpenter improved to 2-0 in the Series and 4-0 in the post-season.

La Russa won his third Series title.