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Homer extends Cruz's extra-base hit record

Homer extends Cruz's extra-base hit record

ARLINGTON -- Most of his teammates' bats disappeared in the World Series, but Nelson Cruz extended a record in the Rangers' season-ending 3-1 loss to the Giants in Game 5 on Monday night.

With a seventh-inning solo home run, Cruz recorded his 13th extra-base hit of the postseason, putting him two ahead of the seven players with 11.

Cruz, playing in his first postseason, recorded seven doubles and six homers in 60 at-bats. The rest of the Rangers had 36 extra-base hits.

Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had five doubles and six home runs in the 2009 postseason, was the last player to have 11. Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell had 11 extra-base hits in only two rounds of playoffs in 1979. He also played a best-of-five National League Championship Series, not a best-of-seven series like has been played since 1985.

Cruz in control
Most extra-base hits in one postseason
Player Team Year XBH
Nelson Cruz Tex. 2010 13
Alex Rodriguez NYY 2009 11
Carlos Beltran Hou. 2004 11
Larry Walker Stl. 2004 11
Hideki Matsui NYY 2004 11
Barry Bonds S.F. 2002 11
Troy Glaus Ana. 2002 11
Willie Stargell Pit. 1979 11

Carlos Beltran (2004), Hideki Matsui ('04), Larry Walker ('04), Barry Bonds ('02) and Troy Glaus ('02) also had 11. Beltran and Matsui accumulated their totals in the Division Series and the LCS, as their teams did not make the World Series.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, Cruz's homer was the only extra-base hit the club notched in Games 4 and 5. Making matters worse, he was one of two players to touch second base in the World Series' final two contests.

Cruz, who struck out as the final out against Giants closer Brian Wilson, finished the postseason with a .733 slugging percentage.

Thomas Boorstein is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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