ANAHEIM, California. – Los Angeles Angels, troublemaker Albert Poggols, hosts twice to give way to Willie Mace for fifth place in the list of hosts in his career in a 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Pujols hit № 661 in the fifth inning to break the tie with Mays, then rejoined his next bat.
The 40-year-old Pujols now chases only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
The angels quickly greeted Pujols on Twitter.
Congratulations, Albert. What an amazing achievement 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dxQObF7tI8
– Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 19, 2020
Pujols had hit just four home games this season before releasing the 60th multi-HR game of his career and the first since May 11 last year in Baltimore. He finished with three goals in the night.
After tying Mace’s stamp last Sunday in Colorado, he drove past the Hall of Fame on his own to the left. Pujols sent 1-2 balls from Wes Benjamin to the Rangers bull. Pujols pointed to the dugout and made a fist pump as he approached third base.
After the Rangers rallied for 3-2, Pujols led the seventh-ranked 662 from Demarcus Evans to the throne of the Angels to increase the lead.
Pujols has gone deep left 330 times in his career and 362 have come with empty bases.
Pujols, who has another season under his contract with the Angels after this year, has 108 home games at Angel Stadium, just three after the 111 he hit at the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.
Benjamin was the 427th different pitcher Pujols hosted against in his career, and Evans, making his MLB debut, became the 428th two innings later. Only the bonds gave way to more (449).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.