ARLINGTON, Texas (Reuters) - The St. Louis Cardinals clobbered the Texas Rangers 16-7 with Albert Pujols blasting three home runs to take a 2-1 lead Saturday in the best-of-seven World Series at Rangers Ballpark.
The Cardinals erupted for 13 runs between the fourth and seventh innings to bury the Rangers as slugger Pujols broke out of an 0-for-6 World Series slump with five hits, including three homers that drove in six runs.
Texas had answered four runs by St. Louis in the fourth with three in their half, and matched the Cardinals' three runs in the fifth to make it 8-6, but the Redbirds scored four in the sixth and two more in the seventh to turn it into a rout.
Game Four of the Major League Baseball championship is Sunday with the Rangers sending Derek Holland to the mound against Edwin Jackson of the Cardinals.
(Reporting by Larry Fine, Editing by Steve Ginsburg)
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