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PostSubject: Pujols powers Cardinals with three home runs   Thu Oct 27, 2011 5:34 am

ARLINGTON: Albert Pujols hit three home runs and drove in six to power the St Louis Cardinals to a 16-7 win over the Texas Rangers and a two games-to-one lead in the World Series.

Pujols's home runs in the sixth, seventh and ninth innings tied the records set by New York Yankee Babe Ruth in the fourth games of the 1926 and 1928 series and Yankee Reggie Jackson in game six of the 1977 series.
''It's an honour to be named in the same calibre as those guys,'' Pujols, whocheap jerseys free shippingwas without a hit in the series, said after the game. ''I didn't walk into this ballpark thinking I would have a day like this.'
Allen Craig hit a solo home run in the first inning to give St Louis a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals then scored four runs in the fourth to make it 5-0 before the teams traded three runs apiece in the fifth.
Pujols scored on David Freese's ground out followed by Yadier Molina's cheap football jerseys two-run double in the fifth. The Rangers narrowed the gap to two runs, 8-6, on Michael Young's one-run double, Adrian Beltre's run-scoring single and Mike Napoli's sacrifice fly that sent Young home.
But the Cardinals, unfazed by the Rangers revival, surged ahead relentlessly. In the sixth, Pujols came up with runners on first and second and crushed a high fastball from Alexi Ogando off the facing of the second level in left field.
The three-run homer, followed by a sacrifice fly by Molina, seemed tocheap baseball jerseys cripple the Rangers and their fans once and for all.
The sellout crowd of 51,462 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington fell silent in the seventh when Pujols, with a runner on first, hit his second home run of the night, and his fifth of the post-season, deep to left-centre field to give the Cardinals a 14-6 lead.
Napoli added an inconsequential sacrifice fly in the bottom of the inning, NHL Jerseys Cheapwhich was quickly canceled by Molina, who hit his second double of the night in the eighth inning to send home Daniel Descalso.
Pujols said his team needed that homer after the Rangers had rallied with a three-hit inning. ''It doesn't matter how far they go,'' Pujols said. ''We just needed a run at that time.''
Pujols then hit his third home run in the top of the ninth. That, too, was mostly inconsequential, though it etched his name in the history books.
''I've seen Albert do a lot of amazing things,'' Matt Holliday said. cheap nfl jerseys''This is obviously one at the top of the list.''
Lance Lynn allowed one run on three hits and struck out two in 2⅓ innings in getting the win for the Cardinals. Starter Matt Harrison, the loser, gave up five runs on six hits and struck out three in 3⅔ innings for the Rangers, who used six pitchers.
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