ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.
The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with one out in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin’s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.
Pujols hit his 662nd homer on his next at-bat, leading off the seventh inning. With his second homer, he became the eighth player in MLB history with at least 60 multi-homer games.
Pujols has hit six homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.
His first homer of the night was only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).
The Angels quickly congratulated Pujols on Twitter.
Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.
Benjamin was the 427th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career and Demarcus Evans, making his MLB debut, became the 428th two innings later. Only Bonds has homered against more (449).
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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