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Astros short hops10/12/2004 4:03 AM ET
By Adam McCalvy / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- Carlos Beltran, Jeff Bagwell and the Astros slugged their way into the postseason record book at Turner Field on Monday night.
Powering the Astros to their first-ever postseason series win, Beltran hit a solo home run off Braves starter Jaret Wright in the third inning and again in the sixth, giving the Astros a 4-2 lead in an eventual 12-3 win in the winner-take-all Game 5 of the National League Division Series.
That second shot gave the Astros 28 total runs in the series, an NLDS record, and they went on to total 36 runs on 58 hits, another record. The previous record holders were the 1995 Braves, who scored 27 runs on 51 hits in their three-games-to-none win over the Dodgers.
Beltran, meanwhile, enjoyed the first-ever multi-homer postseason game by an Astro. With four home runs in the series, he set a franchise postseason record.
When Jeff Bagwell homered off Chris Reitsma in the seventh inning, it gave the Astros 11 homers in the series, tying the 1995 Yankees and Mariners for the all-time Division Series record. Before this year, the NLDS record was seven, by those same '95 Braves. Beltran's four hits and five RBIs in the game set Astros postseason records.
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Still, Garner stuck with his 20-game winner, even after Oswalt walked Andruw Jones to bring up Adam LaRoche, whose three-run homer tied Game 4 and sparked the Braves to a win. LaRoche crushed a 3-2 pitch to straightaway center field, where Beltran caught it at the warning track to end the inning.
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