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June 25, 2013

Texas sweeps St. Louis; returns to top of AL West

JACKSONVILLE — For the Texas Rangers, it was well-worth the wait - again.

Ian Kinsler singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning after the Rangers knocked 10-game winner Adam Wainwright out of the game, and Texas completed a soggy, three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 2-1 victory Sunday night.

''It says a lot when you sweep a team that's that talented, so I think that's definitely a boost,'' said seventh-place hitter David Murphy, whose double kick-started the rally. ''We had a lot of fun, we played with energy and we did exactly what we wanted to.''

Wainwright (10-5) was upset when he was pulled after 105 pitches, and was still hot about it after the game.

Manager Mike Matheny said Wainwright, the third hitter due up in the bottom of the seventh, was going to come out then, anyway, and he thought the right-hander had labored a bit.

''Guys were running on the field and he'd already spoken to the umpire. No amount of lobbying, I wasn't going to stay in that game,'' Wainwright said. ''But I mean, no, I didn't want to come out of that game. I felt I was as strong or stronger at the end there than I was in the beginning.''

The finale of Texas' first visit to Busch Stadium since losing Games 6 and 7 of the 2011 World Series, and first time ever in the regular season, was delayed 2 hours and 59 minutes by heavy rain with less than half of a near-capacity crowd sticking around, and even less around for the finish at 1:06 a.m. The first pitch Saturday night was pushed back 1 hour, 6 minutes and was the third rain delay of the Cardinals' 3-4 homestand.

''You can't take that as an excuse,'' the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran said. ''The other team is also going through what you're going through.''

 

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