Rangers vs. Cardinals: Texas Matches St. Louis With 3 In 5th

Fernando Salas certainly wasn't the answer. Maybe Lance Lynn is.

The Cardinals went ahead 5-0 in the top of the fourth; the Rangers made it 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth.

The Cardinals went ahead 8-3 in the top of the fifth; the Rangers made it 8-6 in the bottom of the fifth.

Salas entered relieved Kyle Lohse in the fourth, and did escape that inning without giving up any more runs, though he was certainly helped by Matt Holliday's (good) throw and Mike Napoli's (poor) slide.

Salas was hittable in the fifth, though. Elvis Andrus led off with a single, and Josh Hamilton followed with a grounder that snuck into right field, Andrus cruising to third base.

Michael Young, who got the Rangers on the board with a homer in the fourth, delivered a double into the right-field corner that scored Andrus and would have scored Hamilton if Hamilton were anywhere close to 100 percent. Young's double also kayoed Salas, who was replaced by Lance Lynn.

Not that Texas was finished. Lynn struck out Nelson Cruz, but not until after Adrian Beltre's looper into left field plated Hamilton. And Mike Napoli followed Cruz with a sacrifice fly that scored Young. The inning finally ended when Lynn retired Ian Kinsler -- with the bases loaded, no less -- on a pop fly.

So here we are after five innings: Cardinals 8, Rangers 6 and it doesn't feel like this game will ever end.

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