Albert Pujols of Los Angeles Angels passed Willie Mess on the all-time home run list


ANAHEIM, California. – Los Angeles Angels slogger Albert Puzols passed Willie Mess twice for fifth place on the career home run list in a 6–2 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning to break a tie with Meyers, then rejoined their next at-bat.

The 40-year-old Pujols now surpass only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Angels quickly congratulated Pujols on Twitter.

The Pujols had just four home runs this season before posting the 60th multi-HR game of their careers and have been playing in Baltimore since May 11 last year. He finished the night with three hits.

After tying up the Mess mark last Sunday in Colorado, he left the Hall of Famer near a solo drive. The Pujols sent 1-2 fastballs from Wes Benjamin into the Ranger’s bullpen. Puzols pointed to the dugout and pumped a fist as he approached near third base.

After the Rangers rallied to get within 3–2, Pujols led Demarcus Evans to the Angels’ bullpen with a 662-run lead at number seven.

The Pujols have left 330 times in their careers and have 362 bases empty.

The Pujols, who have one more season left on their contract with the Angels later this year, have 108 home runs at Angel Stadium, which is only three back from 111 after the 111 hit at the new Bisch Stadium.

Benjamin was the 427th individual pitcher Pujols against his career and Evans made his MLB debut, later becoming the 428th two innings. Only Bonds has taken home against more (449).

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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