Rangers have power outage in World Series opener

Cardinals up 1 game to 0.

Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and the homer-happy Texas Rangers experienced another power outage in the opening game of the World Series.

This time, they hope the juice gets flowing before it's too late.

The big hitters in the Rangers' potent lineup fizzled in Game 1 on Wednesday night. Baffled by Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals' reliable bullpen, Texas managed to eek out its only runs on Mike Napoli's homer in a 3-2 loss on a blustery night at Busch Stadium.

"It's tough," Cruz said. "I mean, we didn't do the job when we needed to. We need to deliver."

Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler each hit 32 homers in the regular season, and both had a hard time getting the ball out of the infield against St. Louis. Hamilton pounded out 25 homers this year but was 0 for 4 with a strikeout, while Cruz was limited to a harmless single and a walk.

His night may have been the most perplexing for Rangers skipper Ron Washington.



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