ARLINGTON, Texas – Move over, Mr. October and Bambino. Make room for Albert Pujols.
Pujols joined Hall of Fame company by becoming the third player to homer three times in a World Series game.
His third homer was a solo shot to left-center in the ninth inning to extend the Cardinals’ lead over the Rangers to 16-7. Pujols hit a tape-measure three-run blast off the facing of the left-field club level seats in the sixth inning and a two-run shot to center in the seventh inning.
Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson are the only other players in World Series history with three-homer games. Ruth did it against the Cardinals in 1926 and 1928. Jackson did it against the Dodgers in 1977.
Pujols also matched World Series records for hits (five) and RBI (six) in a game. Milwaukee’s Paul Molitor had the only other five-hit game in the history of the Fall Classic, which came in 1982 against the Cardinals. The Yankees’ Bobby Richardson (1960) and Hideki Matsui had the other six-RBI performances.
Pujols’ 14 total bases set a World Series record.