World Series: Pujols Powers Cards to 2-1 Lead

Silent in the first two games of the World Series, Albert Pujols exploded in Game 3 on Saturday to help the St. Louis Cardinals rout the Texas Rangers, 16-7, and give his team a 2-1 series lead.

Pujols was 0-6 against Texas going into Game 3 following anemic offense from both teams in the first two games in St. Louis. The 31-year-old Dominican started with a grounder in his first at-bat before going on a hitting spree that saw him collect three homers, six RBIs, and five hits—all of which tied him for the record held by some of the biggest names in MLB history.

Pujols’ three home runs, including a solo shot against Darren Oliver in the ninth that sealed the game for the Cardinals, tied him with Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson for the most homers in a single World Series game. His six RBIs allowed him to join Hideki Matsui and Bobby Richardson in the record books, while his five hits matched the same record output set by Paul Molitor in 1982.

“It’s an honor to be named in the same category as those guys,” said Pujols, who is looking to win his second World Series. “Hopefully, at the end of my career, I can look back and say, ‘Wow, what a game it was in Game 3 in 2011.”