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10/22/11 9:36 PM ET

Cards set mark by scoring first in 10 straight

Craig ties mark with RBIs in first three plate appearances

ARLINGTON -- When the Cardinals have done their damage this postseason, they have tended to do it early.

Allen Craig's solo homer in the first inning of Saturday's World Series Game 3 marked the eighth time in 14 postseason games that the Cards have scored in the first inning. St. Louis has also scored first in 10 consecutive games, the longest such streak in playoff history.

The latter statistic is due in part to Craig, whose homer off Rangers starter Matt Harrison tied him with Ted Kluszewski and Dusty Rhodes as the only players in Major League history with RBIs in each of their first three World Series plate appearances. Craig, who started at designated hitter on Saturday in an American League park, had RBI pinch-hit singles in Games 1 and 2.

The Cardinals' 17 first-inning runs this postseason are tied for the most first-inning runs in a single postseason. Only the 2003 Cubs (who didn't even advance to the World Series) also scored 17 times in the first inning.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDicomo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.