Pu­jols passes Mays on Homer List

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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.

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