Theriot, Pujols join special four-hit group

Theriot, Pujols join special four-hit group

Theriot, Pujols join special four-hit group
ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Theriot and Albert Pujols became the first set of Cardinals teammates in 65 years to have four hits in a playoff game when each went 4-for-5 in a 3-2 loss to the Phillies in Game 3 of the National League Division Series on Tuesday night.

They became the 11th and 12th players to have four hits in a postseason game for the Cards and the first to do it in the same game since Enos Slaughter, Whitney Kurowski and Joe Garagiola led a club postseason-record 20-hit attack in a 12-3 win over Boston in Game 4 of the 1946 World Series.

Theriot, who was 2-for-4 in Game 2 on Sunday, had singles in his first four at-bats Tuesday before grounding out to end the game. It's the most hits Theriot has had in a playoff game and his third multihit postseason game, raising his career batting average in the playoffs to .375.

"I'm seeing the ball good and getting a few hits here and there," Theriot said.

Pujols doubled in the first and fifth, singled in the seventh inning and doubled and scored in the ninth in between flying out to center field in the third. It's his 22nd career postseason multihit game, tying a club postseason record for doubles in a game.