Albert Pujols has multi-homer game vs. Orioles


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BALTIMORE — Picking up where he left off on Thursday, Albert Pujols homered twice and added a single as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2, on Saturday at Camden Yards.
Pujols, who hit a solo home run in the third inning Thursday against the Detroit Tigers for

BALTIMORE — Picking up where he left off on Thursday, Albert Pujols homered twice and added a single as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Baltimore Orioles, 7-2, on Saturday at Camden Yards.

Pujols, who hit a solo home run in the third inning Thursday against the Detroit Tigers for his 2,000th RBI, was rested on Friday and connected during his first two at-bats Saturday against Dylan Bundy.

“Obviously you’ve got your approach that you take into the game but then I just try to execute,” Pujols said. “He got a couple of balls up and I was able to put a good swing.”

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Pujols came up in the first inning with two outs and a runner on first and homered to left field on a 1-0 fastball.

With the score tied at 2, Pujols led off the fourth and sent a 2-0 Bundy fastball out to left, just beyond the reach of a leaping Dwight Smith Jr. for his eighth home run of the season.

“You can’t make a mistake to him,” Bundy said. “I missed my spot a little bit on the first one, and the second one I lost command there and missed my spot by about a foot and a half.”

Saturday marked Pujols’ 59th career multi-homer game and his first since July 12, 2018, against Seattle. The two homers and a single gave Pujols 3,110 career hits, tying him with Dave Winfield for 21st on the all-time list. Pujols, whose average was .211 on May 1, is 4-for-9 over his past two games and is hitting .224.

“I’ve been feeling good all year long. The scoreboard doesn’t look like it because of my batting average, but I’ve been hitting the ball hard,” Pujols said. “Some days they’re gonna fall, some days they don’t. It’ll take a while but the thing with me is I’ve been here before. I know I’m a banger and I’m going to continue to try to get better and continue to try and put good swings on it.”

Manager Brad Ausmus agreed, pointing to some balls Pujols hit hard in Detroit that were caught, including a 410-foot shot to center that ended in an out.

“Now he’s hitting balls well that are going over the wall,” Ausmus said.

Pujols didn’t bite when asked if things are starting to even out for him.

“You hear a lot of players say that this game evens out,” Pujols said. “It never evens out. You give more at-bats away than the hits that you get, or everybody would probably hit .500.”

The Angels, who have won 10 of 14 while averaging six runs per game, pulled away Saturday with a three-run sixth inning. Shohei Ohtani — who came in 2-for-16 since coming off the injured list — had two hits and drove in a run.

Harvey struggles to find command

Angels starter Matt Harvey was a victim of his high pitch count, leaving with a 3-2 lead after four innings and 93 pitches. He allowed five hits and walked two while striking out six.

“He couldn’t put the ball where he wanted to,” Ausmus said. “It’s not that the stuff was off, it was just the command was off. Ironically his best inning might have been his last inning, but at that point he was almost at 95 pitches.”

Harvey allowed baserunners in every inning but the fourth. He pitched out of trouble in the third after the first two batters reached, striking out Rio Ruiz and Stevie Wilkerson and then, after Chris Davis walked, he got Joey Rickard to fly out.

“It was one of those you obviously wish you could take some of those foul balls and have a few of those back so I could last longer,” Harvey said. “For the most part I was able to keep them off the board enough to keep us in the game, but it’s frustrating still — you don’t want to have the bullpen come in in the fifth inning.”

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