The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series on Friday in a less dramatic way than Thursday's see-saw battle with the Texas Rangers, capping an improbable postseason.

It is the Cardinals franchise’s 11th Series championship.

David Freese, who hit a solo home run in the 11th inning to help the Cardinals win Game 6, continued to contribute, driving in two runs with a double in the first inning. He was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.

Matt Holliday gave the Cardinals a lead with a home run in the third inning.

The Cardinals came to the postseason after a hard-fought regular season when they were 10 ½ games out of first place in their division.

“Two months ago we were supposed to be home, watching the World Series,” Albert Pujols said, according to USA Today. “Now, we are world champions.”

“The last month of the season, that’s where it started. Different guys were coming through, we carried through to the postseason and here we are, world champions.”

St. Louis’ top pitcher, Chris Carpenter gave up two runs early, but shut down the Rangers before being taken out in the seventh inning.