Total of 21 home runs shatters 20-year-old single-day postseason record

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

From Carlos Correa to Yoenis Cespedes, baseball's sluggers put on quite a show.

There were 21 home runs, a record for one day of postseason play. The last was a three-run shot by Howie Kendrickfor the Los Angeles Dodgers in the ninth inning of the team's13-7 NL Division Series loss to the New York Mets.

Correa hit two ofHouston's four homers in the Astros' 9-6 loss toKansas City, and the Chicago Cubs hit a postseason-record six home runs in their 8-6 victory overSt. Louis.

Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, who hit a two-run shot off Michael Wacha, found it hard to count all the home runs in that game.

"Everybody is smiling, obviously," Bryant said. "It's fun when you hit -- what was it? -- I think it was six home runs or something."

Three ofToronto's first eight batters homered in the Blue Jays'8-4 ALDS win atTexas, and Cespedes highlighted New York's win over the Dodgers by crushing a three-run shot.

"It's really cool to see,'' said the Mets'Travis d'Arnaud, who hit a two-run homer. "It's good for the fan base.''

While this is an era of pitching and defense, Mets manager Terry Collins is a fan of the long ball.

"When we hit home runs, we think we got a big chance to win,'' he said. "It's all about trying to get on base and then have somebody up there that can hit something into the seats.''

The 61 total runs scored Monday also set a postseason record.

The previous postseason record for home runs was 15, set Oct. 3, 1995, according to STATS. Like Monday, there were four postseason games on that day 20 years ago.

The previous record for runs was 48, set Oct. 5, 2002.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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