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Pujols’ 3 Blasts Puts Cardinals Up 2-1

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St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols answers questions during a news conference after Game 3 of baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Pujols hit three home runs to tie the World Series record in a 16-7 Cardinals victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols answers questions during a news conference after Game 3 of baseball’s World Series against the Texas Rangers, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. Pujols hit three home runs to tie the World Series record in a 16-7 Cardinals victory. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Albert Pujols simply let his bat make
all the noise. And boy, it was pretty loud.

Pujols hit three impressive home runs to tie the World Series
record, amassing five hits and six RBIs Saturday night as the St.
Louis Cardinals romped past the Texas Rangers 16-7 for a 2-1 edge.

The outburst by the three-time NL MVP came a day after he was
barbed by the media for not sticking around to talk about a Game 2
error and loss. This time, everyone was talking about him.

Pujols, who was 0 for 6 in the first two games, became the third
player to hit three homers in a Series game. He joined Babe Ruth,
who did it in 1926 and again in 1928, and Reggie Jackson’s
performance in 1977.

His six RBIs tied the record in a game, matching Bobby
Richardson in 1960 and Hideki Matsui in 2009.

Oh, Pujols also matched the Series mark for hits in a game set
by Paul Molitor in 1982. Just think, too _ Pujols’ monster night
came after he grounded out in the first inning.

“It’s an honor to be named in the same category as those
guys,” Pujols said.

The Cardinals mashed their way to the highest-scoring game in
their storied postseason history.

After two taut games in St. Louis, this suddenly turned into a
messy slugfest. Pujols, the most feared slugger in the majors, was
right in the middle _ he became the first player in Series history
to get hits in four straight innings.

Texan fans booed after first base umpire Ron Kulpa’s blown call
helped the Cardinals score four times in the fourth for a 5-0 lead.
The crowd at Rangers Ballpark went silent when Pujols started
swinging for the fences, and beyond. His three-run shot in the
sixth rattled the windows of the club level in left field.

Game 4 is Sunday night, with Derek Holland starting for the
Rangers against Edwin Jackson. It will be the back half of a St.
Louis-Texas style doubleheader _ earlier in the day, the Rams play
the Dallas Cowboys right across the parking lot.

This game had an NFL score, too, for much of the evening. The
teams combined for 23 runs and 28 hits _ at Busch Stadium, they
teamed for eight runs and 23 hits in two games.

“You leave a ball up in this park it’s going to carry a little
more than it does in St. Louis,” Pujols said.

Good-luck charm Allen Craig homered for St. Louis and Yadier
Molina drove in four runs. The Cardinals broke it open by scoring
four times in the fourth, three more in the fifth and four in the
sixth.

Adrian Beltre kept mashing for the Texas, getting four hits and
driving in four runs.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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