ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit
Tigers 4-to-2 to win their first World Series in 24 years. The
Cardinals won the series in five games.
Diminutive Cardinals shortstop David Eckstein had two hits,
drove in two runs and scored a run. Cards manager Tony LaRussa is
the second manager to win a World Series in both leagues.
Jeff Weaver pitched eight strong innings for the win. He allowed
two runs on four hits while striking out nine. His only mistake was
a two-run home run by Sean Casey in the fourth. Adam Wainwright
closed out the Tigers in the ninth, striking out Brandon Inge
with two runners on base for the final out.
The Cardinals scored twice in the fourth to go ahead. With
runners on first and second, pitcher Weaver bunted. Tigers pitcher
Justin Verlander threw wildly to third, letting one run score.
Eckstein, whose infield single in the second drove in the Cards'
first run, drove in the go-ahead run with a groundout.
Verlander's throwing error was his second of the series. Tigers
pitchers made five errors in this series, one in each game. That's
a record for errors by pitchers in the World Series.
The Cardinals victory erased two decades of World Series
frustration. St. Louis had lost its last three World Series
appearances in 1985, 1987 and 2004.
Detroit was doomed by lack of hitting and poor defense. The
Tigers managed just eleven runs and committed eight errors in the