By Pete Zarustica
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim got stopped on Sunday, but Albert Pujols kept on going.
In Minnesota, the Halos saw their six-game winning streak snapped by a 7-5 loss, but Pujols had two hits and three runs-batted-in. The latter allowed him to pass Stan Musial into seventh place on the all-time RBI list.
“Yesterday, when I tied him, I was pretty emotional,” Pujols said. “I tried not to show it too much because we still had to play a baseball game. And then today to be able to pass him, I don’t have any words to describe it. Everything that I wore pretty much and both of the baseballs are going to go to his family, because I believe that they deserve that.”
The Angels were leading 3-2 going into the bottom of the fifth when starter Nick Tropeano hit a rough patch. He left the game after 4.1 innings, having given up four hits, five earned runs – including one home run – while walking three batters and striking out two. The bullpen didn’t do much better, giving up two more runs.
Trailing 7-3 going into the ninth, the Angels got a two-run rally on a single by Pujols, but that was as close as the Orange County team got.
Next up will be a trip to Seattle to take on the Mariners, who are locked in a virtual tie for first place in the American League West with the Houston Astros.
The Halos are 37-29 and in third in the ALW, 4.5 games back. They’ll send Andrew Heaney (3-4) to the mound on Monday to face Wade LeBlanc (1-0).
ALSO: The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 7-2 to improve to 33-32, putting them into a tie with the San Francisco Giants for second place in the National League West, 4.5 games back of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.