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Biggio belts record-setting homer
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10/21/2004 8:39 PM ET
Biggio belts record-setting homer
First-inning blast sets new NLCS mark with 24
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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.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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