ANAHEIM, Calif .– Los Angeles Angels bat Albert Pujols faced Willie Mays twice, finishing fifth on the list of home races in a 6-2 win over Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Pujols hit # 661 in the fifth inning to break the tie with Mays, then rejoined in his next attack.
The 40-year-old Pujols follows only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
The angels were quick to congratulate Pujols on Twitter.
Congratulations Albert. What an incredible achievement 🙌 pic.twitter.com/dxQObF7tI8
– Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 19, 2020
Pujols had completed just four home races that season before releasing the 60th multi-HR game of his career and the first since May 1
After tying Mays’ brand in Colorado last Sunday, he passed the Hall of Famer with a solo ride to the left. Pujols sent a 1-2 fastball from Wes Benjamin into the Rangers’ bullpen. Pujols pointed to the shelter and pumped his fist as he neared the third base.
After the Rangers teamed up to make it 3-2, Pujols took 662nd place ahead of Demarcus Evans from seventh in the Angels’ bullpen to extend their lead.
Pujols has gone deep left 330 times in his career and 362 have come with empty bases.
Pujols, who has one season left on his contract with the Angels after this year, has 108 home races at Angel Stadium, just three behind the 111 he hit at the new Busch Stadium, which opened in 2006.
Benjamin was the 427th distinct pitcher Pujols faced in his career and Evans, who made his MLB debut, was 428th two innings later. Only bonds prevailed against more (449).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.