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The three-time NL MVP put on perhaps the greatest hitting show in postseason history Saturday at Texas. He had three homers, six RBIs and five hits, tying World Series records with each achievement.

His huge outburst sent the Cardinals to a 16-7 victory and a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven championship. Now, it will be interesting to see if Washington gives Pujols any more chances to hurt the Rangers.

Remember, Washington took the bat out of Miguel Cabrera’s hands in an unusual situation earlier this postseason. He intentionally walked the Detroit Tigers’ slugger with nobody on late in Game 4 of the AL championship series and it nearly came back to bite him.

From here on out, whenever possible, expect Washington to take his chances with Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman rather than Pujols.

On the mound, the Rangers could really use a strong start from Holland, who is 1-0 with a 5.27 ERA in four postseason outings this year, including three starts. He’s been hit pretty hard, allowing 18 hits, five homers and six walks in 13 2-3 innings.

The left-hander is facing Jackson, acquired by St. Louis just before the July 31 trade deadline. Jackson, who can become a free agent after the season, struggled in his last outing, Game 6 against Milwaukee in the NLCS.

If the Cardinals can win Game 4, they send ace Chris Carpenter to the mound Monday night with a chance to wrap up their second title in six seasons. C.J. Wilson, who is 0-3 with a 7.17 ERA in four postseason starts this year, starts for the Rangers.

Texas hasn’t lost consecutive games since dropping three in a row to Boston from Aug. 23-25.

Washington made a change at first base, giving Mitch Moreland his first start of the World Series. Mike Napoli moves back behind the plate.

Napoli started at first Saturday night and made a crucial throwing error that allowed two runs to score. Washington said the move had nothing to do with that, though. He said Moreland, who is 2 for 19 (.105) in the postseason, was told a couple of days ago that he would play in Game 4.

Washington dropped Napoli to the No. 8 spot in the lineup, between Murphy and Moreland, to split up the righties and lefties at the bottom of the order.