Albert Pujols batted his way further into the Baseball Hall of Fame Thursday with a third-inning home run that made him the third player in major league history to get 2,000 runs batted in.
His blast helped propel the Angels to a 13-0 romp over the Tigers in Detroit, an appropriate payback for a 10-3 loss the day before.
The win put the Angels ‘ team record at 17-20. They’re in fourth place in the American League West, five games behind the division-leading Houston Astros.
Pujols now only trails Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez on the all-time RBI list. Aaron has 2,297, Rodriguez has 2,086 and Pujols 2,000.
The Angels hammered out 16 hits, with five batters getting two hits. In addition to Pujols’ sixth homer of the season, other Halos who “went yard” were Kole Calhoun (his ninth), Tommy La Stella (ninth) and Justin Bour (fourth).
Felix Pena (2-1), the “starter” after Luke Bard pitched one opening inning, worked seven strong innings, yielding three hits and no runs. He struck out seven batters and walked no one.
On Friday the Angels will be in Baltimore to take on the Orioles (13-24) with Trevor Cahill (1-3) on the mound for the Orange County team.