LOS ANGELES (AP) – Hee-Seop Choi homered three times for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins.

Choi homered in the first, fourth and sixth innings off Twins starter Brad Radke. Choi also homered twice against the Twins in a 6-5 victory Friday night, and once in a 5-3 loss Saturday night.

“Unbelievable,” he said. “The best game of my career.”

Two of Choi’s homers Sunday came on the first pitch, including a line drive that just cleared the fence in right field in the sixth and gave the Dodgers a 4-3 victory.

Each time, fans erupted in chants of “Hee-Seop Choi.”

He homered six times in the three-game series, all on fastballs, including three on the first pitch. He struck out against Terry Mulholland in his final at-bat Sunday.

“I feel very comfortable every at-bat,” he said. “I see the ball and swing.”

Choi had six homers in 144 at-bats this season prior to Friday. Now he has six in his last 12 at-bats – including five solo shots.

Choi was the first player to hit three homers at Dodger Stadium since Philadelphia’s Mike Lieberthal did so on Aug. 10, 2002.

It was the 16th time in Dodgers history that a player homered at least three times in a game. The most recent was Shawn Green, who homered four times at Milwaukee on May 23, 2002.

Choi was acquired last July from Florida in a trade for Paul Lo Duca, Guillermo Mota and Juan Encarnacion.

AP-ES-06-12-05 2006EDT


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