Posted by John Autin on October 4, 2011
There's a 6th member of the Postseason 3-HR-Game fraternity. Adrian Beltre connected in the top of the 7th off Matt Moore for his 3rd solo HR of the day and a 4-2 lead; the first two HRs came against Jeremy Hellickson (here's #2). It was the only hit Moore allowed in his 3 innings of relief, and snapped his 15-inning scoreless streak.
The Rays got a run in the 9th and had the winning run at the plate with 2 out, but Desmond Jennings bounced out, and Tampa's magical season is over. The AL defending champion Rangers advance to the ALCS for the 2nd time in club history.
Beltre batted in the 8th with a chance at a 4th HR -- there's never been a 4-HR game in the postseason, of course -- but he flied to right.
Texas had just 5 hits through the first 8 innings, but 4 were homers, including Ian Kinsler's game-opening blast.
Beltre, who was 1 for 11 in the first 3 games of this series, did not homer in his previous 7 postseason games (28 PAs). It's the first 3-HR game of his career; he has 310 regular-season HRs. It's ironic that he did this on the road, where he hit just 9 of his 32 HRs this year. His career regular-season slugging average in the Trop is .367, with 3 HRs in 31 games.
Here are the previous instances of 3 HRs in a postseason game; Beltre is the first to do it in the Division Series:
|1||Adam Kennedy||2002-10-13||ALCS||5||ANA||MIN||W 13-5||4||4||3||4||0||0||3||5||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.634||4.655||1.390||9||2B|
|2||George Brett||1978-10-06||ALCS||3||KCR||NYY||L 5-6||5||5||3||3||0||0||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.301||2.708||1.220||1||3B|
|3||Reggie Jackson||1977-10-18||WS||6||NYY||LAD||W 8-4||4||3||4||3||0||0||3||5||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.386||4.874||.883||4||RF|
|4||Bob Robertson||1971-10-03||NLCS||2||PIT||SFG||W 9-4||5||5||4||4||1||0||3||5||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.254||4.736||.716||5||1B|
|5||Babe Ruth||1928-10-09||WS||4||NYY||STL||W 7-3||5||5||3||3||0||0||3||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||0.241||2.119||1.284||3||LF|
|6||Babe Ruth||1926-10-06||WS||4||NYY||STL||W 10-5||5||3||4||3||0||0||3||4||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.337||4.501||.618||3||LF|