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Albert Pujols hits history-making home runs in Angels win

Published On: Apr 22 2014 09:15:34 PM CDT
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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit the 499th and 500th homer of his career on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.

The last one, Pujols lined a 1-2 pitch from Washington right-hander Taylor Jordan over the wall in center to give the Angels a 6-2 lead in the top of the fifth in Nationals Park. Pujols' teammates came out of the third base dugout to meet him at home plate and he received a nice round of applause from the home crowd at Nationals Park.  Pujols became the 26th player to hit 500 in his career and the first since Gary Sheffield in 2009.  Pujols is also the first player in Major League Baseball to hit his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game.

The Angels scored four runs in the first inning as Pujols hit the 499th homer of his career -- a three-run shot just inside the left field foul pole -- with no outs against Jordan.

The Angels made it 4-0 later in the inning as catcher Chris Iannetta, hitting .190 at game time, singled to drive in a run.

Pujols struck out in the second inning. The fifth-inning shot was his eighth home run of the season and the second of the game.