MINNEAPOLIS, OCT. 25 -- Any similarities between this seventh game of the World Series and the one in 1985 are merely coincidental. The St. Louis Cardinals certainly acted differently, even though the result was the same.

After tonight's 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins, the Cardinals were disappointed, sure. But they didn't question two calls, both against them, both apparently incorrect.

It was one of baseball's greatest nightmares come true -- the seventh game of the World Series impacted by umpire's calls and second-guessed by television replays. And television appeared to win.

In the Minnesota fifth, Cardinals starter Joe Magrane looked as if he beat Greg Gagne to first base on a close play, but first base umpire Lee Weyer called Gagne safe. In the St. Louis sixth, Tom Herr looked to be safe on a rundown but was called out, also by Weyer.

"You can't blame anything on the umpires," St. Louis shortstop Ozzie Smith said. "{Minnesota} played better than we did. You can't continue to go without a guy like {injured St. Louis first baseman} Jack Clark. It's tough more so on our team than on their team. But things like that are what championship teams are made of."

The disputed calls began with one that went against the Twins. In the Minnesota second, Don Baylor was on second with one out when Tim Laudner singled to left. Vince Coleman came up throwing, and catcher Steve Lake caught Coleman's one-hopper with Baylor bearing down on him.

Baylor slid with his right foot forward, and Lake tagged him. Home plate umpire Dave Phillips called Baylor out. But replays showed that Baylor's foot got underneath Lake's tag.

"In my judgment, he was out," Phillips said. "I don't have the luxury of a replay. The guy {Lake} got the tag down. No one said anything to me."

In the Minnesota fifth, with St. Louis ahead, 2-1, Gagne hit a chopper to first baseman Jim Lindeman. Magrane covered first. Though his front foot missed the bag, replays showed he scraped the bag with his back foot, lifting the bag, a step ahead of Gagne.

"There's no point in arguing, because the place is very loud," Magrane said. "The only conversation I had with {Weyer} was, I said, 'I got the bag,' and he said, 'No, you didn't.' You could stand there forever arguing. It won't get you anywhere."

Perhaps the most controversial call came in the top half of the sixth. Herr singled with one out. On a 3-2 count, Minnesota pitcher Frank Viola caught Herr leaning off first and threw to first baseman Kent Hrbek.

Hrbek threw to second baseman Steve Lombardozzi. Lombardozzi ran Herr back toward first, with Hrbek backpedaling in the base line.

Herr and Hrbek appeared to collide. That usually would result in an interference call on Hrbek. And, Herr appeared to beat the tag of Viola, who ended up covering first base.

"He {Herr} got in there," Cardinals first base coach Rich Hacker said. "The player {Viola} was behind the base. The tag was high. It's a tough call, because your eyes are either up or down. I'm not saying he didn't tag him, but when he did, {Herr's} foot was already on the base."

"I got blocked out of the play," Weyer said. "Hrbek ran right in front of me as I was going to call the play. I didn't see him {Viola} touch the bag. The replay showed it was very, very close."

Cardinals Manager Whitey Herzog was more disappointed in the failures of his middle relievers. Herzog took out Magrane and brought in Danny Cox, the Game 5 starter, on two days' rest.

"Basically, he {Magrane} got me where I wanted to go," Herzog said. "In all the games up here, we've gotten to the middle innings and something happens. I just thought Danny would have a better chance against Kirby Puckett."

But Puckett hit Cox's first pitch into right-center for an RBI.

"We had a good shot at it," Herzog said. "I don't know if we deserved it, but we got here. We got to the seventh game of the World Series. If I could do that for the next 10 years, I'd be satisfied. We've been in the seventh game three times in the last six years and we're 1-2. I'd like to be 3-0, but it's better to be 1-2 than 0-3. Ask {former Minnesota Vikings football coach} Bud Grant."