Sandoval homers in first three World Series at-bats

9:24 PM, Oct 24, 2012   |    comments
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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - San Francisco Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval has tied a World Series record with three home runs during his team's Game 1 matchup with the Detroit Tigers.

Sandoval delivered a solo homer off Justin Verlander in the bottom of the first inning, then cracked a two-run blast against the Detroit ace in the third. He would become only the third player in World Series history to go deep three times in a single game when he connected off reliever Al Alburquerque in the fifth.

The third baseman joins a select list, with Babe Ruth, Reggie Jackson and Albert Pujols the only ones to previously accomplish the feat. Ruth did it in both the 1926 and '28 World Series, Jackson in the 1977 Fall Classic and Pujols during the St. Louis Cardinals' victory over the Texas Rangers in last year's Game 3.

Sandoval's last homer gave the Giants a 6-0 lead, with the Tigers scoring once in the top of the sixth to cut their deficit.

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