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Pujols has 661st, 662nd HRs to pass Mays

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) 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 Los Angeles Angels slugger to pass him.

Pujols hit No. 661 in the fifth inning on Friday night against the Texas Rangers to break the tie with Mays, then connected again 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."


Yankees rally by BoSox in 12, run now 9

BOSTON (AP) The New York Yankees' bats arrived just in time to help extend their longest win streak of the season.

Gary Sanchez hit a tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning, DJ LeMahieu had a go-ahead double in the 12th and the Yankees rallied past the Boston Red Sox 6-5 Friday night for their ninth straight victory.


Anderson has 3 HRs, 7 RBI, Marlins split

MIAMI (AP) Brian Anderson circled the bases so quickly after his second home run Friday that he nearly overtook Jesus Aguilar, who playfully motioned his teammate to slow down.

No need to rush. Anderson and the Miami Marlins are on pace to end their 17-year playoff drought.


A's clinch 3rd straight playoff berth

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) An AL West title will mean so much more than simply clinching a playoff berth given how the past two seasons have gone for the Oakland Athletics.

Then, the A's might let loose and celebrate a little. But not just yet.


Reds beat White Sox for 6th straight win

CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds hitter in the deepest slump kept their winning streak going.

Jesse Winker hit a three-run homer - one of four off White Sox starter Jonathan Stiever - and Cincinnati extended its surge into playoff contention with a 7-1 win Friday night for its season-high sixth victory in a row.


Machado hits 2 HRs, Padres near playoffs

SAN DIEGO (AP) While Fernando Tatis Jr. cools down, Manny Machado is heating up as the San Diego Padres close in on their first playoff berth in 14 seasons.

Machado homered twice and drove in four runs, Chris Paddack one-hit Seattle for six shutout innings and the Padres beat the Mariners 6-1 Friday night to reduce their magic number to two for their first playoff berth since winning the NL West in 2006. They've already clinched their first winning season since 2010. The Mariners' loss helped the Oakland Athletics clinch their third straight playoff berth.


Dodgers total 17 hits, rout Rockies 15-6

DENVER (AP) For his prodigious power, the 5-foot-9 Mookie Betts credits listening to his parents in the backyard.

"When I was a kid, 4 or 5 years old, mom and dad would always tell me hit it over their head," Betts explained.


Phillies rally past Jays for DH sweep

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Bryce Harper hit a tying, two-run double and scored the go-ahead run on an error following Alec Bohm's infield single, helping the Philadelphia Phillies rally to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-7 Friday night and earn their first doubleheader sweep in eight years.

Zach Eflin struck out nine in a four-hitter and Harper went deep in Philadelphia's 7-0 win in the opener.


Albies hits 2 HRs, Braves rip Mets 15-2

NEW YORK (AP) Eyeing a third consecutive NL East crown, the power-packed Atlanta Braves got their top starter back and made it an awfully easy night for him.

Freddie Freeman added three more hits to his burgeoning MVP campaign, Ozzie Albies clubbed two of Atlanta's six homers and the Braves battered New York Mets pitching Friday in a 15-2 blowout that expanded their division lead.

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