Pujols passes Mays on Homer List
Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against the visiting Rangers.
Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin’s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols, 40, didn’t wait long to get No. 662, taking Demarcus Evans deep to left in his next at-bat. He led off the seventh to extend the Angels’ lead to 4-2.
Pujols trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and
Alex Rodriguez (696).
Rookie Dylan Carlson’s three-run homer capped a six-run outburst in the sixth inning against the mistake-prone Pirates, helping lift the Cardinals to a 7-2 victory and a doubleheader sweep.
The visiting Cardinals took the opener 6-5 behind home runs from Kolten Wong and Tyler O’Neill and just enough pitching to overcome four errors.
Zach Eflin struck out nine in a fourhitter, Bryce Harper hit another homer and the Phillies beat the Blue Jays 7-0 in the first game of a doubleheader. The Phillies were the road team in their home ballpark for the opener, a makeup game. Harper cracked a two-run double in the sixth as the Phillies rallied for a 8-7 victory in the nightcap.
Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of his team’s six homers and the visiting Braves battered the host Mets in a 15-2 blowout that thrust them closer to a third consecutive NL East title.
Cardinals Great Wilson passes at 82
Larry Wilson, a former Cardinals safety and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 82. Wilson spent more than 43 years in the Cardinals’ organization as a player and an executive. He played 13 seasons, being an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and a first-team All Pro five times.
Robert Woods reportedly agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $68 million with the Rams. The veteran receiver is signed through the 2025 season.
Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay
and Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark
won’t be available Sunday for their NFC North matchup at Lambeau Field.
Baylor’s opener against Houston, scheduled less than a week ago, was one of two Bowl Subdivision games postponed on the day before they were supposed to play. Florida Atlantic’s opener against Georgia Southern also was postponed.
Late Birdie Binge for Furyk
Jim Furyk birdied four of the last six holes for an 8-under 64 and the first-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions’ Pure Insurance
Championship in Pebble Beach, California. Trying to join Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the senior tour, Furyk had a one-stroke lead over Ernie Els, Cameron Beckman and Stephen Leaney.
Chase Briscoe passed Austin Cindric with five laps left in winning the final regularseason race of the NASCAR Xfinity Series at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. ✶
The Angels’ Albert Pujols crosses the plate in the fifth inning vs. the Rangers after hitting his 661st career home run, passing Hall of Famer and Giants legend Willie Mays for fifth place on baseball’s all-time home run list.