Pablo Sandoval of the San Francisco Giants became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game.
Sandoval, 26, hit a solo homer off Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander in the first inning tonight and a two-run shot off him in the third. In the fifth inning, he hit a solo home run off reliever Al Alburquerque.
Sandoval had four runs batted in as the Giants took a 6-0 lead after five innings in the opening game of the best-of-seven World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.
The 5-foot-11, 240-pound Sandoval, who is nicknamed “Kung Fu Panda,” is assured of getting up at least once more in the game. No player has hit four home runs in a World Series game.
Ruth did it twice -- in 1926 and 1928 -- and Jackson achieved the feat in a game in 1977. Pujols, who now plays for the Los Angeles Angels, did it last year.
Sandoval’s first home run went an estimated 411 feet to right-center field. His second, to left field, was estimated at 360 feet. The third went over the center-field wall.
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