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© Getty/AFP/File | Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals rounds the bases after hitting a three run home run as Addison Russell of the Chicago Cubs looks on during the sixth inning at Wrigley Field on July 20, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois


St. Louis slugger Matt Carpenter tied a Major League Baseball record on Friday with three home runs and two doubles in the Cardinals 18-5 victory over the Cubs in Chicago.

Carpenter became just the second modern major league player -- after the Cubs' Kris Bryant -- to hit three homers and two doubles in a game.

He's the first to pile up five extra-base hits in the first six innings of a game.

He drove in a career-high seven runs and scored seven.

The sensational six-inning performance came on the 14th anniversary of Albert Pujols' three-homer game for the Cards at Wrigley Field.

Carpenter got things rolling with his 21st career leadoff home run -- off Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester.

With that he tied Hall of Fame outfielder Lou Brock for most leadoff homers in Cardinals' history.

An inning later, Carpenter belted another two-out pitch from Lester 421 feet to push the Cardinals' lead to five runs.

Carpenter produced two doubles in the Cardinals' seven-run fourth inning and hit a three-run homer to right field to put St. Louis up 15-1 in the sixth.

Interim manager Mike Shildt pulled Carpenter from the game in the bottom half of the inning.

© 2018 AFP