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Adrian Beltre first ever to hit three homers in LDS game

Oct 4, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

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Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit a trio of solo homers Tuesday against the Rays, making him the seventh player ever to hit three in a postseason game and first to do it in an LDS.

Here’s the list:

1. Babe Ruth (NYY) – 1926 World Series – Game 4
2. Babe Ruth (NYY) – 1928 World Series – Game 4
3. Bob Robertson (Pit) – 1971 NLCS – Game 2
4. Reggie Jackson (NYY) – 1977 World Series – Game 6
5. George Brett (KC) – 1978 ALCS – Game 3
6. Adam Kennedy (ANA) – 2002 ALCS – Game 5
7. Adrian Beltre (Tex) – 2011 ALDS – Game 4

Beltre, who went 1-for-11 in the first three games of the series, took Jeremy Hellickson deep in the second and fourth and then homered again in his third at-bat off reliever Mike Moore. He’ll get up to the plate at least once more, and no one has ever hit four homers in a postseason game.

Update: Beltre hit a routine fly to right field to end the eighth. Unless the Rangers send nine men to the plate in the ninth or this one goes into extras, he won’t be batting again.

  1. kander013 - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:32 PM

    As a Twins fan, I still have nightmares about Adam Kennedy. If I recall, he hit number three (maybe two, but when Adam Kennedy hits two bombs in a playoff game, what does it matter?) off a young Johan Santana coming in from the bullpen.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:34 PM

      That’s correct. Two off Joe Mays and then one off Santana as part of a 10-run seventh inning.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/ANA/ANA200210130.shtml

  2. bobwsc - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    too bad Victor Martinez isn’t around to rub his head and p|ss him off.

    • phillyphever - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      It’s alright, they’ll see each other plenty in the ALCS.

    • aceshigh11 - Oct 4, 2011 at 4:52 PM

      Too bad both of those guys aren’t still on the Red Sox.

      Beltre is a beast…a bit injury-prone, but worth it.

  3. sportsdrenched.com - Oct 4, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    How Royals of George Brett to hit 3 HR in a Game….and the Royals lose.

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