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Adrian Beltre and the Six 3-Home Run Games in MLB Postseason History

Ally WilliamsCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2011

Adrian Beltre and the Six 3-Home Run Games in MLB Postseason History

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    The Texas Rangers will be making their second straight appearance in the ALCS, and Adrian Beltre has a lot to do with their success so far.

    Beltre hit three solo home runs to help the Rangers secure a 4-3 win and move on to the next round. After his performance in Game 4 of the ALDS, Beltre joins only five other players in MLB history to hit three home runs in a postseason game.

Babe Ruth: Game 4 of the 1926 World Series

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    Babe Ruth. It’s near impossible to compare anyone close.

    One of Ruth’s many shining moments came in Game 4 of the 1926 World Series.

    The New York Yankees were battling the St. Louis Cardinals. The game didn't start out well for the Cardinals, as Babe Ruth started off the game with a home run in the first inning.

    He gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the third inning after hitting another one out of the park, and his final home run of the game came in the sixth inning on a 3-2 pitch that helped the Yanks take home the win.

    While the Cardinals went on to win the World Series, Ruth accomplished a historical feat as well.

Babe Ruth: Game 4 of the 1928 World Series

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    Not to be outdone by anyone but himself, Babe Ruth accomplished the same feat two years later. It was a rematch between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals, and this time the momentum was in the opposite team's favor.

    Ruth hit his three home runs in Game 4 once again, but this time, it helped the Yankees become World Series champions.

    His first solo shot came in the fourth inning. He followed that with home runs in the seventh and eighth innings as the New York Yankees swept St. Louis and won the series.

Bob Robertson: Game 2 of the 1971 NLCS

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    Bob Robertson had just turned 25 the day before, and what better birthday present than three home runs in the same game?

    Robertson was part of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates who were playing the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS. He became the first National League player to knock out three home runs in the same game and helped the Pirates with the win.

    His first homer tied the game for the Pirates, and his next two basically put the game out of reach for the Giants.

    Robertson would go on to the World Series and hit another home run, only after missing a bunt sign; it seems like the bunt sign is the last sign you’d want to give that guy.

Reggie Jackson: Game 6 of the 1977 World Series

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    Reggie Jackson's nickname was "Mr. October."

    If that doesn’t exemplify his clutch postseason appearances, not much will.

    A highlight of Jackson's talent came in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

    Jackson and the New York Yankees were hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mr. October already had two home runs in the series, but finished off the year with three more. Jackson’s two-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Yanks the lead, and his two long balls in the fifth and eighth continued to add on to it.

    Including a home run from a game earlier, Jackson hit a home run against four different Dodgers pitchers. Not surprisingly, he was named World Series MVP as the Yankees took home the title.

George Brett: Game 3 of the 1978 ALCS

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    George Brett played his entire 21-year career with the Kansas City Royals, and the 1978 ALCS came down to the Royals and the New York Yankees.

    Brett became the first player to hit three home runs in the same game off the same pitcher. His three consecutive solo homers in the first, third and fifth were all the Royals could score until the eighth, though. Catfish Hunter of the Yankees pitched a great game, shutting down basically everyone else but Brett.

    Brett's three home runs were the bright spot in an otherwise disappointing series, as the Yankees eventually went on to win the ALCS three games to one.

Adam Kennedy: Game 5 of the 2002 ALCS

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    Adam Kennedy was the most recent member of the small club.

    Almost exactly nine years ago, the Angels were playing the Twins in the 2002 ALCS. The Angels were behind 2-0 in the bottom of the third when Kennedy let his first homer fly. The No. 9 hitter was originally instructed to bunt, but after fouling off an attempt, Kennedy was allowed to swing away—and did he ever.

    He followed his first outing with another solo home run in the fifth inning. His third, a three-run home run, was part of a 10-run seventh inning, sealing the Angels' fate.

    Kennedy was named ALCS MVP, and the Angels would later win the 2002 World Series.

     

    Ally Williams is a B/R MLB Featured Columnist. To contact, leave a note below or follow Ally on Twitter for updates and her consistent sarcastic interpretation of the sports world.

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