Pujols keeps climbing record ladders

ALBERT PUJOLS’ two hits made him the all-time hit leader among non-native players. He had three RBIs in the Angels 7-4 win over the Pirates in Anaheim Wednesday night (Angels photo).

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.

He had two hits, giving him a total of 3,168, passing Adrian Beltre’s record by two.  Pujols ended up with a 2-for-4 evening with three RBIs and two runs scored.

“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.


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