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Biggio belts record-setting homer
10/21/2004 8:39 PM ET
ST. LOUIS -- Craig Biggio wasted no time in helping this National League Championship Series become the most prolific for combined home runs, leading off Thursday's Game 7 with a homer off Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan at Busch Stadium.

Facts machine
Craig Biggio's leadoff home run in Game 7 was just the eighth in LCS history:
Slugger Game Opp.
Bert Campaneris, OAKALCS Game 2
Oct. 7, 1973
at BAL
George Brett, KCALCS Game 3
Oct. 6, 1978
at NYY
Bob Dernier, CHCNLCS Game 1
Oct. 2, 1984
vs. SD
Orlando Merced, PITNLCS Game 3
Oct. 12, 1991
at ATL
Brady Anderson, BALALCS Game 1
Oct. 8, 1997
vs. CLE
Kenny Lofton, CLEALCS Game 5
Oct. 11, 1998
vs. NYY
Marcus Giles, ATLNLCS Game 2
Oct. 17, 2001
at ARI
Craig Biggio, HOUNLCS Game 7
Oct. 21, 2004
at STL

It was the first leadoff homer in a Game 7 and the 24th homer in this series, breaking the NLCS record set just one year ago by the Marlins and Cubs. Biggio's blast on a 1-2 pitch from Suppan into the left-field seats was the 14th of the series for Houston; St. Louis entered the game with 10.

It also set an LCS record for most homers by one team. The Cubs had set the record a year ago with 13.

Overall, it was the 25th homer of this postseason for the Astros, moving them past Anaheim (24 in 2002) for second-most in a single postseason. The 2002 Giants set the record with 27.

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