By Matt Snyder
ARLINGTON, Texas -- We're tied once again, and this World Series appears headed for seven games. The Texas Rangers took Game 4 Sunday night, 4-0, behind a big-time pitching performance.
Hero: Derek Holland needed to dig deep and give the Rangers a big outing. He did so and then some. It's pretty unlikely even Holland himself expected to be so dominant. He threw 8 1/3 innings of shutout ball. The last time an AL pitcher threw a complete-game shutout in a World Series was Jack Morris in his famed 1991 outing. Holland couldn't complete the thing, but he only allowed two hits and two walks with seven strikeouts. He looked just like the guy who threw three shutouts in the span of five starts in July.
Turning point: Josh Hamilton's RBI double in the first inning. The Rangers had the momentum all game after the back-to-back hits (Elvis Andrus singled to start it) and never let go.
It was over when ... Mike Napoli came through with a thunderous three-run home run off Mitchell Boggs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Up to that point, the Rangers were in the driver's seat, but also failed to plate several baserunners. The way Holland was pitching, a 4-0 lead may as well have been 14-0.
Next: One more time, we'll see a first pitch at 7:05 p.m. CT in Rangers Ballpark. This time it's for Game 5 of the World Series, and it will be the last baseball game here this season. C.J. Wilson will get ball for Texas, while Chris Carpenter gets the nod for St. Louis. It's a rematch of Game 1, which the Cardinals won 3-2. But this is a totally different venue, and is much tougher on pitchers.
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