jjhjxpjp

Albert Pujols’ homer caps rally in Angels’ come-from-behind victory

first_imgPujols then put the game away with his 20th homer of the season. Pujols became the fifth player to reach 20 homers in 17 seasons, joining Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Frank Robinson and Willie Mays.Earlier in the game, Mike Trout had made some history by stealing his 200th base, becoming the youngest player ever to combine 200 steals and 200 homers. Trout, 28, has 283 homers.Although Trout said the milestone was important to him, he added that he’s getting a kick out of watching a rejuvenated Pujols.Over the last 13 games, Pujols has hit. 346, which has raised his season average to .252 with a .756 OPS. Over the previous two years, he hit a combined .243 with a .684 OPS.“All season he’s been great but the last month has been unbelievable,” Trout said. “He’s playing every day, and it’s a good mixture with him with the days off, just keeping him healthy. It’s fun to be a part of and fun to watch.” PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo, left, scores past Boston Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon on a single by Mike Trout during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsBoston Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers throws Los Angeles Angels’ Kevan Smith out at first during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols, right, celebrates his three-run home run as Brian Goodwin, left, and Mike Trout watch, during the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Marcus Walden throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox pitcher Brian Johnson throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo watches his RBI-double against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s Christian Vazquez tosses his hemet after striking out against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Los Angeles Angels’ Albert Pujols watches his three-run home run against the Boston Red Sox during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)NextShow Caption1 of 9Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Andrew Benintendi during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)ExpandANAHEIM — A night after Albert Pujols played all 15 innings, Brad Ausmus checked with his 39-year-old twice to see if he was OK to play first again on Saturday.“I know he’s going to tell me he feels great, regardless,” Ausmus said. “Usually I talk to guys face to face, and I can tell by the body language. He was adamant that he felt good. I guess he was right.”Pujols had a double and a homer, a three-run shot that capped the Angels’ seven-run eighth inning in their come-from-behind 10-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.Dillon Peters gave them a quality start, allowing three earned runs in 6-1/3 innings, but he left trailing 4-3. The Angels erased that with an eighth-inning explosion, including a game-tying RBI single by Andrelton Simmons, then an RBI double by David Fletcher and a two-run single by Brian Goodwin. On Friday night Pujols had his first four-hit game since 2017, playing all of a marathon game that ended just after 12:30 a.m.Still, he was ready to go again on Saturday.“I feel real good,” Pujols said. “I try to work my butt off during the offseason and my routine in the weight room four days a week. We have a pretty good routine and know when and when not to push it.”Pujols guessed that the last time he felt this good going into September was 2011, his last year with the Cardinals.“It hasn’t been good since I left St. Louis, but I work hard and don’t take anything for granted,” Pujols said.Last year his season ended early because of surgery, which seemed to be the result of playing 70 games at first base, to leave the DH spot open for Shohei Ohtani.This year, Pujols has already started 85 games at first. Overall, he’s played about 75 percent of the Angels games.“The durability has been phenomenal,” Ausmus said. “I didn’t expect him to be this healthy. I do think he’s done an excellent job of taking caring himself in the weight room. He’ll probably fight me on this but I think giving him days off helps him as well with rest.”Pujols showed how fresh his legs are in the third inning Saturday, when he dropped a soft hit into right field and hustled all the way to second to get a double out of it. He then tagged up on a fly ball to get to third.Although Pujols obviously is still far from the level of his heyday in St. Louis, he has given the Angels a boost by being as productive as he has. The Angels have Pujols under contract for two more years.It would certainly help if Pujols could keep himself healthy and in shape enough to at least remain at the level he’s found this season.“Injuries happen,” he said. “I got in shape and do the things I had to do. Work my way in spring training. Try to execute during the season. I don’t want to go crazy. I know what I can do when I’m healthy.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more