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Pujols consecutive walkoff homers in extras a rare feat

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols ended both Saturday’s and Sunday’s extra-inning home wins over the Chicago Cubs with a walk-off home run.

The home runs were notable for several reasons.

Pujols’ 13 extra-inning home runs lead all active major league players.

This weekend’s walkoffs were the ninth and tenth  of Pujols’ 10-plus year career.

Seven of them have been in extras. That makes Pujols the fourth MLB player since 1950 with at least seven extra-inning walkoff home runs. He is just one off the lead, shared by Frank Robinson and Jim Thome with eight. Pujols has tied Mickey Mantle with seven (courtesy Tom Orf).

With two home runs on Friday as well, Pujols went deep all in all three games of a three-game series for the first time since August 17-20, 2007. That series was also against the Cubs, though at Wrigley Field (courtesy of FOX Sports Midwest’s Tim Trokey).

Researcher Orf was already pulling this final list before I asked him. That is the short list of players with walkoff extra-inning home runs in consecutive games.

Oddly, two of the three men are named “Albert.”

Pujols is the third in MLB since at least 1950, joining Albert Belle in 1995 and the late Cubs star Ron Santo, who did it in 1966.

Consecutive extra-inning walkoff home runs, MLB, since 1950

Date Hitter Tm Opp Pitcher Score Inn
6/4/2011 Albert Pujols STL CHC Jeff Samardzija tied 4-4 b12
6/5/2011 Albert Pujols STL CHC Rodrigo Lopez tied 2-2 b10
8/30/1995 Albert Belle CLE TOR Tony Castillo tied 3-3 b14
8/31/1995 Albert Belle CLE TOR Jimmy Rogers tied 4-4 b10
5/28/1966 Ron Santo CHC ATL Ted Abernathy tied 5-5 b12
5/29/1966 Ron Santo CHC ATL Billy O’Dell tied 2-2 b10

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