Pu­jols passes Mays in homers

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - BASEBALL - By Joe Reedy

AN­GELS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Al­bert Pu­jols needed nearly five weeks to tie Wil­lie Mays for fifth place on the ca­reer home run list. It took only five days for the An­gels slug­ger to pass him.

Pu­jols hit No. 661 in the fifth in­ning on Fri­day against the Rangers to break the tie with Mays, then hit an­other in his next at-bat in the 6-2 vic­tory.

“I knew that when­ever it hap­pens, whether it was go­ing to be this year or next year, it was go­ing to hap­pen,” he said. “I def­i­nitely wasn’t think­ing about try­ing to hit one out. It hap­pened tonight and look how per­fect it worked out. I not only got one, but two on the night.”

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

Pu­jols said that he re­ceived a text and email from Mays af­ter he tied the Hall of Famer on Sun­day in Colorado. Pu­jols added he had not checked his phone af­ter Fri­day’s game to see how many con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages he had re­ceived.

“It is pretty spe­cial when you are talking about Wil­lie Mays. What he did on the field is amaz­ing,” Pu­jols said. “He’s a leg­end, pretty smart and he knows how to give good ad­vice.”

Pu­jols had hit just four home runs this sea­son be­fore post­ing the 60th multi-HR game of his ca­reer and first since May 11 last year at Bal­ti­more. He fin­ished with three hits on the night. He passed Mays with a solo drive to left. Pu­jols sent a 1-2 fast­ball from Wes Ben­jamin into the Rangers’ bullpen. Pu­jols pointed to the dugout and did a fist pump as he ap­proached third base.

JAYNE KAMIN-ONCEA/GETTY

An­gels’ Al­bert Pu­jols points to the sky af­ter hit­ting the 662nd home run of his ca­reer.

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