2011 World Series Game 3: Albert Pujols Homers Three Times, Cardinals Win 16-7

Albert Pujols becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a World Series game since Reggie Jackson in 1977.

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2011 World Series: St. Louis Cardinals Take 2-1 Lead In Rangers Ballpark Rout

The scoring in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series began in earnest only after a bizarre mistake from the first-base umpire led to four St. Louis Cardinals runs, but after that things went more as expected at the Ballpark in Arlington—the teams combined for six home runs, three of them from repeat history-maker Albert Pujols, and the Cardinals scored in the last six innings for a final score of 16-7. 

After Thursday night's pitcher's duel Game 3 was novel, but not exactly a surprise—no park plays smaller than the Ballpark, and each team had prepared contingency plans for this very scenario. As it turns out neither Kyle Lohse nor Matt Harrison escaped the fourth inning, leaving a line of burnt-out relievers in their wakes. The Cardinals needed 47 pitches from Lance Lynn, who went 2.1 innings for the win, and 23 from right-handed set-up man Octavio Dotel, while the Rangers used at least 19 pitches rom Scott Feldman, Mike Gonzalez, and Mark Lowe, and 35 more from Alexi Ogando, who allowed the first of Pujols's home runs after finally retiring Allen Craig

The Cardinals will send Edwin Jackson to the mound for Game 4, while the Rangers will counter with Derek Holland, who went 16-5 with a 3.95 ERA in his breakout 2011 season. Jake Westbrook, added to the Cardinals' roster prior to the World Series, remains in the background if Jackson earns a quick hook. 

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World Series Game 3: Albert Pujols, St. Louis Cardinals Score 16, Top Rangers

Game 3 of the 2011 World Series was exactly as advertised: The St. Louis Cardinals nearly lost two separate five-run leads before securing one they wouldn’t relinquish. That last one came thanks to none other than Albert Pujols, who drove in six in the process of having the first three-home-run World Series game since Reggie Jackson in 1977. The final score of 16-7 came only after the Cardinals scored in each of the last five innings.

Pujols’s home runs, which came in consecutive at-bats, were only the end of the Cardinals’ scoring—they’d already gotten two doubles and four RBI from Yadier Molina, as well as a home run from erstwhile World Series hero Allen Craig and two more RBI from NLCS MVP David Freese. And they needed those runs, too—trouble from Kyle Lohse and Fernando Salas led to six runs in two innings for the Rangers, who got to 5-3 and 8-6 in consecutive innings before the Cardinals’ four-run six put them away.

Matt Harrison takes the hard-luck loss for the Rangers, who also used Scott Feldman, Alexi Ogando, Mike Gonzalez, Mark Lowe, and Darren Oliver. The Cardinals ended up using Fernando Salas, Lance Lynn, Octavio Dotel, and Mitchell Boggs .

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Albert Pujols Hits Three Home Runs In World Series Game; First Since Reggie Jackson

Albert Pujols makes history for the St. Louis Cardinals, hitting three home runs in consecutive at-bats in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series to help them take a 2-1 lead over the Texas Rangers. Pujols is the first to hit three home runs in a World Series game since Reggie Jackson in 1977.

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Cardinals Vs. Rangers Score: Albert Pujols Homers Twice, Cardinals Lead Game 3 14-6

It looks like the media can stop worrying about Albert Pujols’s failure to appear after the St. Louis Cardinals lost Game 2 of the 2011 World Series, because he’s shown up in Game 3: Pujols has homered in consecutive at-bats, driving in five runs and pushing the Cardinals’ lead over the Texas Rangers in this wild game to 14-7 through seven innings.

Pujols’s first home run, off Alexi Ogando, was a cannon-shot down the left field line, bouncing off the upper deck facade and going an estimated 423 feet. Against Mike Gonzalez an inning later Pujols hit a 400-footer to dead center field, putting two more runs on the board. The home runs are his third and fourth of the postseason and his 16th and 17th of his postseason career.

The Cardinals nearly lost two separate five-run leads before building their current one. Both teams worried audibly about the hitting environment at the Ballpark in Arlington, and through one game it would appear that all of that innuendo was totally justified. Expect more runs.

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World Series Game 3 Score: Albert Pujols Hits A Colossal Home Run, Cardinals Lead 12-6

The St. Louis Cardinals get three more runs on an incredible home run from Albert Pujols to take a 12-6 lead over the Texas Rangers in Game 3 of the 2011 World Series.

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Cardinals Vs. Rangers Score: Molina Doubles, Redbirds Up 8-4 In World Series Game 3

Yadier Molina's double in the top of the fifth inning gave the St. Louis Cardinals their second five-run lead of the night, but anybody who's watched Game 3 of the World Series thus far was justifiably uncomfortable with a score of 8-3 with four innings left to play at the Ballpark in Arlington. No wonder: The Rangers immediately got back on the board against Cardinals relief ace Fernando Salas when Michael Young Charlie Browned David Freese at third base, driving in Elvis Andrus with nobody out.

Molina's double gave him his first RBI of the World Series and his fifth of the 2011 postseason. Molina, who was just 21 when the Cardinals lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series, is a career .291 hitter with 16 RBI, 12 doubles, and three home runs in a postseason career spanning five separate postseason runs. The way things look so far in Game 3, the Cardinals might need him to drive in 16 runs in this particular game if they want to pull ahead 2-1 in this best-of-7 series. 

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Cardinals Vs. Rangers Score: Allen Craig Homers To Start World Series Game 3

The St. Louis Cardinals get on the board early in 2011 World Series Game 3, scoring the first run of the game on an Allen Craig home run. Through the first inning the score is 1-0.

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World Series 2011 Game 3 Preview: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers travel to the Ballpark in Arlington for Game 3 of the World Series—here's the start time, the starters, and a single dab of context.

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