MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 24 -- For the St. Louis Cardinals, yet another seventh game awaits. They don't seem to know any other way to do it.

The Cardinals came into today's sixth game of the World Series seeking to win their 10th championship. They left the Metrodome bludgeoned by the Minnesota Twins' power, a victim of Domemania and an 11-5 loser.

St. Louis has now been forced to a seventh and deciding game in the World Series in each of its last seven Series. "It's been tough for us all year," shortstop Ozzie Smith said. "We've been playing basically without our number four hitter {Jack Clark}, and its been tough. It's something that we've become accustomed to."

Today, Cardinals starter and loser John Tudor couldn't match his seven-inning, four-hit performance in Game 3. Though most in the Cardinals' locker room said Tudor pitched well, he nonetheless gave up six runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings. The biggest blow was a two-run homer by Don Baylor in the fourth that tied the game at 5.

"There were constantly runners on base," Tudor said. "It seemed like every time I made a good pitch to get somebody out, it seemed like I'd make another pretty good pitch and they'd hit a ball somewhere."

"At times, from where we were sitting, it looked like he was throwing all right," Cardinals pitching coach Mike Roarke said. "I think he'd like to have Baylor's pitch back. He threw a change-up out and over the plate, up a little."

One knew it probably wouldn't be Tudor's day when Minnesota's leadoff hitter, Dan Gladden, went the opposite way and bounced a triple down the first-base line. Later, Steve Lombardozzi hit a grounder down the third-base line that hit the bag and bounced into left field for a double.

"There's no way we're going to defense {Gladden's} triple unless we put a man on the line against a right-handed hitter," Roarke said.

Now, to win the World Series, St. Louis will look to Joe Magrane, the pitcher whose mentality is such that Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog listed Magrane's hometown as Planet 7.

In Game 1 of the Series, Magrane lasted only three-plus innings, giving up five runs on four hits.

Herzog was thinking of coming back with Danny Cox, the Game 5 starter, on two days' rest. Neither Herzog nor Cox would talk about whether Herzog offered the start to Cox.

But Cox said he would be ready, and Herzog said he would be the first pitcher out of the Cardinals bullpen Sunday.

"It's a good time to be in the pen, I guess, the seventh game of the Series," Cox said. "I'd rather be there now than in the seventh game of the season. I'll play a little catch, get loose, just in case. I'm a JIC -- just in case."

Today, St. Louis had its chances against starter Les Straker and reliever Dan Schatzeder. The Cardinals touched Straker for four runs in three-plus innings, including a first-inning homer by Tom Herr.

But the Twins rediscovered their clubbing touch, nailing Tudor in the fifth and relievers Bob Forsch and Ken Dayley in the sixth. Herzog had Dayley, his left-hander, up early in the sixth, after Greg Gagne's leadoff single and a walk to Kirby Puckett.

After Baylor was walked intentionally, Tom Brunansky popped out. Herzog then had the perfect situation -- Dayley to pitch to Kent Hrbek, who earlier couldn't buy a hit against left-handers.

But Hrbek crushed Dayley's first pitch 439 feet to dead center for a grand slam that effectively set the stage for the 11th seventh game in St. Louis' history.

"They're going to put some hits together," Cox said. "It seems like kind of playing a crazy type of baseball. They don't get one or two hits together, they get six or seven. You wonder what's going on sometimes."

So, again it's backs-against-the-wall baseball for St. Louis.

"When you get to this point in the season, you don't have to remind nobody of nothing," Smith said. "The bottom line is, 'Go out and play your best baseball tomorrow.' Some team's gonna win and some team's gonna lose. Very simple."