WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.
The first baseman connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3) — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth — to become the 26th player in major league history to reach the milestone.
Pujols is the first player to collect Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he’s also the third-youngest to get to 500. He has eight homers this season, all in the past 13 games.
Tyler Skaggs (2-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for the win.
Yankees 9, Red Sox 3 Jacoby Ellsbury doubled, tripled, drove in two runs and made a sliding catch in his return to Fenway Park, helping the New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka beat the Boston Red Sox 9-3 Tuesday night.
Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game at Fenway since leaving the Red Sox to sign a US$153 million, seven-year contract with the Yankees.
Tanaka (3-0) allowed two runs on seven hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks. His 35 strikeouts in his first four major league starts set a team record and he’s walked just two batters in 29 1-3 innings.
Jon Lester (2-3) struggled after four outstanding outings, allowing seven runs in 4 2-3 innings.
There were more boos than cheers from the crowd that contained a sizeable amount of Yankees fans when Ellsbury stepped in as the first batter of the game.
With an 0-2 count, he drove the ball about five feet from the top of the center field wall. It was ruled a triple after a spectator reached out and interfered with it.