The Los Angeles Angels might not be streaking up the standings, but Albert Pujols is rising in the record books.
In the Halos’ 7-4 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday in Anaheim, Pujols became the all-time hits leader among major league players not born in the United States.
Pujols is a native of the Dominican Republic.
“It’s pretty special, but I give all the glory to God, first of all,” Pujols said. “I don’t play for the records. It’s good to have on your resume as a ballplayer, but there are so many people around me who helped me along the way to get where I am today. That includes my wife, my kids, my family and my coaches I had in the past.”
The win put the team record at 59-63, still fourth in the American League West. Every win could be important, as the third place Texas Rangers (60-60) are just two games ahead of the Halos.
After falling behind 2-0 early, the Angels rallied with four runs in the fourth and went on to outscore the visitors 3-2 the rest of the way.
Shohei Ohtani and Luis Rengifo each contributed a pair of hits. Dillon Peters (3-1) had a strong start, working six innings while giving up four hits and two runs. He struck out six and walked one.
The Angels will start a new series with the Chicago White Sox today (Thursday) with Andrew Heaney (1-2) making the start for the Halos.