Pujols Hits Three Homers, Cards Beat the Rangers, 16-7

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POSTED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:41pm

UPDATED: Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:54pm

The St. Louis Cardinals used a slugger to beat the Texas Rangers in a slugfest.  Albert Pujols, potentially in his final year as a Cardinal, hit three home runs, as St. Louis defeated Texas, 16-7, in game 3 of the World Series.  St. Louis now leads the series, 2-1.  Game 4  is set for Sunday in Arlington.

Pujols matched the three-homer feat accomplished by Babe Ruth in 1926 and 1928, and by Reggie Jackson in 1977. Both those Hall of Fame sluggers did it for the New York Yankees.

St. Louis has scored first in 10 consecutive games, one shy of the postseason record set by Detroit from 1972-84. ... Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, wearing a blue No. 41 Texas Rangers jersey, threw the ceremonial first pitch to Young.

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