By Pete Zarustica
The power was definitely on Monday night in Anaheim, as the Los Angeles Angels launched five home runs to smack the Cincinnati Red 9-2 for their third straight win and fifth in six games.
Albert Pujols’ 26th home run of the season was also his 586th career blast, tying him with Frank Robinson on the all-time list. The win also allowed the Halos (57-74) to move into a fourth place tie with the Oakland Athletics in the American League West.
“There’s always a footnote when (Pujols) does something,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “It’s been fun to be around him. He’s having another terrific season. He’s driving the ball. He’s a tough out. We need him.”
In addition to Pujols’ dinger, the Angels got home runs from Mike Trout (his 25th), C.J. Cron, Jefry Marte and Kole Calhoun. That more than made up for the two-run home run by Joey Votto for the Reds in the first inning.
Matt Shoemaker (9-13) pitched another solid game, going seven innings and giving up just two runs on seven hits. He struck out seven batters in posting his third straight win.
The Angels rattled 13 hits around the Big A, with three batters – Calhoun, Trout and Marte – each getting three. Pujols was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. He’s the team leader in runs batted in with 103, followed by Trout with 84).
The series with the Reds continues Monday with Jered Weaver (9-11) scheduled to start for the Orange County team.