On the other end of the spectrum, Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando became the first pitcher since the 1991 Series to throw less than two-thirds of an inning and allow at least four runs. David West allowed four runs while failing to record an out for the Twins in Game 5 of the 1991 Fall Classic. The Cardinals are just the third team in World Series history to tally 16 or more runs on the road. The only other clubs that accomplished that feat are the 1960 Yankees, who rocked the Pirates for 16 runs Game 2, and the 1936 Yankees, who scored 18 in Game 2 against the Giants. St. Louis improved to 9-4 in World Series Game 3s when the series is knotted at one game apiece. Of those eight previous Series in which they were victorious in Game 3, they went on to win the championship seven times. The team that wins Game 3 when the series was previously tied, 1-1, has gone on to win the World Series 37 out of 52 times, including 10 of the last 11. The only exception was in 2003, when the Marlins won Games 4-6 to overcome a 2-1 deficit against the Yankees. The 1979 Orioles are the only other team since 1969 to win the Series after dropping Game 3 to fall behind, 2-1.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.