It took nearly seven innings, but with a little help from second baseman Nick Punto, the St. Louis Cardinals finally got a rally going against Texas Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis. After Punto delivered a two-out single to advance David Freese to third, Rangers manager Ron Washington decided to go to his bullpen. Just as in Game 1, hard-throwing reliever Alexi Ogando would be facing pinch-hitter Allen Craig. And, for the second consecutive night, Craig came through with an opposite-field hit to plate a go-ahead run.
And with a little more help from Punto, the inning ended in bizarre fashion. With two outs, Punto on second and Craig on first, Rafael Furcal hit a sharp grounder to third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Rangers' star went to tag Punto, but the second baseman tried to evade him en route to third. On one level, he was successful. After all, Beltre never came close to tagging him. In a more important sense, Punto failed miserably, taking a bad angle and ending up five feet behind third base. Beltre didn't even have to tag him, the third base umpire called Punto out for running out of the base path..
Of course, the play didn't go unnoticed on Twitter.