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Albert Pujols reaches 2,000 RBIs and Angels rout Tigers
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DETROIT (AP) — Albert Pujols turned on a fastball over the middle of the plate, sent the no-doubt shot deep into the left-field seats, flipped his bat toward celebrating teammates in the dugout and trotted around the bases.

By the time he stepped on home plate, the three-time MVP was in an elite group of three players in baseball history.

Pujols became the third player with 2,000 career RBIs when he hit a solo homer in the third inning Thursday to help the Los Angeles Angels rout the Detroit Tigers 13-0.

“We end up winning the game and winning the series. That’s more special,” he said. “It’s a great moment to be out there, the third one on the list.”


CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo homered and Chicago beat Miami for its 10th win in 11 games.

Bryant sparked a two-run first with his sixth homer in 12 games. Rizzo connected for the sixth time in 11 games with a two-run drive in the fifth against Trevor Richards.

The Cubs overcame another shaky outing by Yu Darvish, who walked six n just four innings. Though he allowed just one run and one hit, only 50 of his 97 pitches were strikes.



NEW YORK (AP) — J.A. Happ and four relievers combined on a two-hitter, Cameron Maybin contributed with his bat and glove, and New York beat Seattle.

The Yankees won for the fourth time in five games and headed to Tampa Bay to play the AL East-leading Rays for the first time this year.

Domingo Santana homered with two outs in the ninth inning for Seattle, which has dropped nine of 11. The Mariners also lost second baseman Dee Gordon, who exited early after being hit around the right wrist by Happ’s pitch.



CLEVELAND (AP) — Carlos Carrasco held Chicago to two hits, Jordan Luplow hit his first two home runs of the season and Cleveland won in a game called after five innings following a rain delay of 2 hours, 34 minutes.

Chicago right fielder Charlie Tilson slipped and fell on the wet grass in the fifth as he camped under a fly ball hit by Francisco Lindor that landed for an RBI double. The play capped a three-run inning and the game was stopped a few minutes later.


HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick hit the tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning and preserved the lead with a leaping grab over the wall in right field in the ninth, and Wade Miley struck out seven as Houston beat Texas for its fifth victory in six games.

The Rangers led off the ninth with a walk by Shin-Soo Choo, followed by a single from Elvis Andrus. Roberto Osuna struck out Nomar Mazara and Reddick robbed Hunter Pence of a possible go-ahead home run with a leaping grab over wall. Osuna struck out Joey Gallo to earn his ninth save.


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell Ozuna drove in four runs and Dexter Fowler had three RBIs, leading St. Louis to a rout of Pittsburgh.

Paul Goldschmidt reached base four times and had three hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, who managed just one run in their previous 21 innings but bounced back with 16 hits and recorded a season high in runs.

St. Louis, which won for just the second time in eight games, sent nine or more batters to the plate three times over the first six innings. The 17-run output is the most for the Cardinals since an 18-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on July 20, 2018.

Gregory Polanco homered and drove in three runs for the Pirates, who lost their second in a row.

Michael Wacha (3-0) allowed four runs and nine hits over 5 2/3 innings. Joe Musgrove (1-4) lasted just three innings for Pirates, giving up eight runs and six hits.



LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Corbin shut down the Dodgers’ powerful lineup again, pitching the Washington Nationals to a victory in the opener of a four-game series.

Corbin fired seven smooth innings and Howie Kendrick homered in the first as the Nationals ended a four-game slide and stopped the Dodgers’ 10-game home winning streak. The left-hander entered with a 3.59 career ERA against the Dodgers, but posted a 0.77 mark in four starts last year with Arizona. In two starts at Los Angeles last season, he gave up one earned run over 10 innings with 14 strikeouts.

Freese had two of the three hits against Corbin (2-1), who walked four and struck out eight. Max Muncy struck out four times for the Dodgers and left five runners on base. Rich Hill (0-1) took the loss after allowing three runs in five innings.


PHOENIX (AP) — David Peralta hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning and Ketel Marte singled home the winning run in the 10th for Arizona.

Josh Donaldson put the Braves ahead 2-1 with a leadoff homer against Greg Holland in the top of the ninth. Luke Jackson retired the first two batters in the bottom half before Peralta sent a drive over the right field fence. Jackson had held opponents scoreless over his past 15 innings and converted his previous two save chances.