Albert Pujols shot his 599 career home run during a third inning with nine runs for the Los Angeles Angels, who beat Barolo Columbus and the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Tuesday.
Pujols was just one step away from beating the mark after a three-run homer off his compatriot Columbus at the start of the Angels’ best entry this season.
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The 37-year-old slugger hit homers in two straight games for the first time this season. He will be the ninth player in MLB history, and the youngest fourth, to reach 600 homers.
Parker Bridwell (1-0) made his first major league win after throwing a six-hit ball to the seventh.
In their second game without Mike Trout, who is injured in a thumb ligament injury, the Angels got a large cushion to support the work of their debut opener.
For the Braves, the Venezuelan Ender Inciarte 3-1, with an annotated. Dominicans Danny Santana 3-0; Emilio Bonifacio of 1-0.
By the Angels, the Dominicans Albert Pujols of 4-2, with an annotated and three impelled; Jefry Mars of 1-0. The Venezuelans Luis Valbuena of 4-1, with an annotated one; Juan Graterol of 4-1, with an annotated and a driven one. Andrelton Simmons of Caceres 3-1, with an annotated.