Pujols Hits 500th Homer – MLB Roundup
UNDATED (AP) — Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) has become the 26th player in major league history to belt 500 career homers, and the third-youngest to reach the milestone.
The 34-year-old Pujols also became the first player to hit his 499th and 500th home runs in the same game, doing it in the Los Angeles Angels' 7-2 win over Washington.
The Angels first baseman hit a three-run shot in the first inning and a two-run drive in the fifth to finish with five RBIs. Both round-trippers came off Taylor Jordan.
Tyler Skaggs improved to 2-0 by limiting the Nationals to two runs and three hits in seven innings.
Checking out the rest of the major league schedule:
— San Diego knocked off Milwaukee 2-1 behind Chase Headley's homer in the top of the 12th. The Padres' bullpen tossed six scoreless innings after Ian Kennedy held the Brewers to a run and four hits in six innings.
— Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2. Antonio Bastardo (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.
— Jose Fernandez matched a career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek (SEE'-shehk) on a three-hitter in Miami's 1-0 shutout in Atlanta. Giancarlo Stanton doubled and scored on Casey McGehee's (mih-GEEZ') single in the fourth off Alex Wood, who allowed just two other hits and struck out a career-high 11 in eight innings.
— St. Louis ace Adam Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA after giving up four hits in seven innings of the Cardinals' 3-0 shutout of the New York Mets. Jon Jay snapped a scoreless tie with a two-run single in the fourth before Matt Holliday added an RBI single in the ninth.
— Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) tossed a three-hitter and reduced his ERA to 1.38 in leading Cincinnati's 4-1 victory in Pittsburgh. Cueto also hit an RBI single in the ninth and was two outs from a shutout until Andrew McCutchen homered.
— Franklin Morales pitched well in Colorado's 2-1 win over San Francisco, allowing only a run and four hits in seven innings. Troy Tulowitski (too-loh-WITS'-kee) and Nolan Arenado hit solo shots for the Rockies, who've hit seven homers in two nights versus the Giants.
— The Chicago Cubs ripped Arizona 9-2 as Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz (SHEER'-holtz) drove in a pair of early runs. Jason Hammel allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.
— Jacoby Ellsbury provided a triple and a two-run double while scoring twice in his return to Boston, leading the New York Yankees to a 9-3 rout of the Red Sox. Ellsbury received a mixture of boos and applause in his first game at Fenway Park since leaving the Bosox for a free-agent contract with the Yankees.
— Oakland is on a two-game skid after Texas scored twice in the ninth to beat the A's 5-4. Josh Wilson tied it with a two-out double off Huston Street before scoring on Michael Choice's single.
— Seattle suffered its eighth consecutive loss as Jason Castros, Chris Carter and Matt Dominguez homered in Houston's 5-2 triumph over the Mariners. Collin McHugh was 0-8 with an 8.94 ERA in 15 major league appearances before yielding just three hits and striking out a career-high 12 in 6 2/3 innings.
— Toronto and Baltimore were tied 3-3 in the eighth until Brett Lawrie and Melky Cabrera smacked three-run homers to power the Blue Jays past the Orioles 9-3. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') also hit a three-run shot for the Jays, a half inning after Nelson Cruz did the same for the Birds.
— Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs in Detroit's 8-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. Ian Kinsler drove in a pair and scored twice to support Justin Verlander, who is 3-1 after allowing two runs and eight hits in seven innings.
— Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH'-kahs) hit a three-run homer while Kansas City was scoring four times in the fourth inning of an 8-2 romp over the Indians. James Shields fanned nine and allowed two runs in six innings to win his second straight start.
— Tampa Bay was a 7-3 winner against Minnesota as David Price struck out 12 in a six-hitter. David DeJesus was in an 0-for-24 skid before delivering an RBI single and a two-run single.
UNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has suspended four players involved in last Sunday's brawl between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee catcher Martin Maldonado has been suspended for five games while outfielder Carlos Gomez will sit out three. Pittsburgh outfielder Travis Snider will miss two games, with Russell Martin suspended for one game.
Maldonado has begun his suspension, but Gomez, Snider and Martin plan to appeal.
Also in the majors:
— The San Francisco Giants have placed left-hander David Huff on the 15-day disabled list and recalled outfielder Juan Perez from Triple-A Fresno. Huff strained his left quad running out an infield single in the third inning of last night's 8-2 loss at Colorado.
— Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore could be sidelined 12 to 15 months after undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery. Moore left his start on April 7 in Kansas City due to elbow soreness, and was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day. He was an All-Star last season before finishing 17-4 with a 3.29 ERA.
— Mike Minor's season debut has been pushed back so the Braves left-hander can make one more minor league start in his recovery from tendinitis in his left shoulder. Manager Fredi Gonzalez says Minor will start for Double-A Mississippi in Pensacola on Friday. Minor had urinary tract surgery on Dec. 31, which pushed back his spring schedule before he developed the shoulder soreness.