ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter on Monday became the first player in major league history to hit a home run and a double in three straight postseason games.

Carpenter, the All-Star leadoff man who had eight homers during the regular season, is 6 for 12 with seven RBIs in three playoff games against the Dodgers.

“This is when it matters. This is when it’s fun. I told somebody the other day, I would take this season I had this year and do what I’m doing in the postseason 10 out of 10. That’s why you play,” Carpenter said. “Hopefully we can keep riding this out.”

To put his power surge in perspective, Carpenter’s six extra-base hits in the playoffs are more than Washington had in the first three games of its NLDS against San Francisco. The Nationals hit two doubles and three homers.

San Francisco has six extra-base hits in a series that has produced just 13 total runs.

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