The Cardinals used a similar script they followed while capturing the National League pennant in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday.
Behind a go-ahead, pinch-hit single by Allen Craig in the sixth and another solid performance by their bullpen, St. Louis earned a 3-2 victory over the Texas Rangers for the early edge in the Fall Classic.
Baseball's biggest stage has been overtaken by the wild card-winning Cardinals, who received a quality start by Chris Carpenter (3-0) and three one-hit innings by their suddenly vaunted relievers.
The winner of the World Series opener has won the title 61 percent of the time. Game 2 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (et) on Thursday, as Jaime Garcia tries to maintain homefield advantage opposite Colby Lewis.