ARLINGTON, Texas — For Edwin Jackson, the mound in Texas really was the wild, wild West.
Jackson walked seven — the most in a World Series game in 14 years — and Mike Napoli followed the last two free passes with a three-run homer on reliever Mitchell Boggs’ first pitch to give the Rangers and Derek Holland a 4-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday night.
Instead of sending Chris Carpenter to the mound with a chance to clinch their 11th title, the Cardinals find themselves in the first World Series since 2003 that’s tied at two games apiece. That ensures a return to Busch Stadium for Game 6 on Wednesday night.
Holland allowed two hits in 8 1/3 innings and was pulled after walking Rafael Furcal. Neftali Feliz finished the two-hitter.
A night after tying World Series records with three home runs, five hits and six RBIs in the Cardinals’ 16-7 victory, Albert Pujols was 0-for-4 — batting with no one on base his first three times up, then flying out with two on in the ninth.