MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Mark McGwire hit his 53rd and 54th homers Friday, pulling within three homers of Sammy Sosa's major league-leading total.

The second homer, a 434-foot shot to left-center off the Brewers' Scott Karl in the fifth inning, tied McGwire with Mel Ott for 14th place on the career list with 511. He now trails Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews in 13th place by one.

McGwire hit a 3-2 pitch from Karl deep into the left-field bleachers in the first. His second homer scored Ray Lankford and put St. Louis up 3-0.

The first baseman has homered three times in three days after not hitting one since Aug. 24.

McGwire has eight multihomer games this season and 61 in his career.