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."