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Albert Pujols Hits 500th Career Home Run in Win Over Nationals

Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning at Nationals Park on April 22, 2014 in Washington, DC Patrick Smith—Getty Images

First baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels joined the few who have hit 500 home runs in their careers, during a win over the Washington Nationals, making him the third-youngest player to accomplish the feat in the history of Major League Baseball

Tuesday night was all about Albert Pujols in the nation’s capital.

The first baseman joined the likes of Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron when in the top of the 5th inning he buried a 430-ft. homerun in left centerfield, the 50oth of his career.

“To have more than 19,000 players who wore a big league uniform and to have only 26 players to do this, it’s pretty special,” Pujols told ESPN. “I was pretty emotional running the bases.”

The home run was Pujols’s second of the night, having already driven a homer into deep left field during the first inning of play. The Angels finished off the Washington Nationals with a dominant 7-2 win.

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