Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

Albert Pujols accomplishes one of baseball's rarest feats

NY took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, trailed 5-3 going into the ninth and let a bounced third strike give the Astros their final chance. "The Machine" is one of the greatest hitters all time and will without-a-doubt be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

The 3,000 Hit Club just got bigger! "That guy crushed me as a kid, and now here we are as teammates". The World Series went all the way to the seventh game before the birds took the win, their first since 2006. The Angels ended up winning the game 5-0 over the Seattle Mariners. Hit #3,001 moves Pujols past Roberto Clemente into 31st place on the Major League Baseball all-time hit list. He has been named to ten All-Star teams and has received six Silver Sluggers, plus a pair of Gold Gloves at first base. It is only a matter of time until he reaches this milestone.

"It was fun that it turned into a little bit of a battle before he got a hit". Congratulations to him, " Leake said. He played center field and batted second. "He's been a joy to watch and a joy to compete against, for sure".

With Pujols' 3,000th hit he also joined Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Rodriguez as the only players in Major League Baseball history with 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

He also becomes the second player from the Dominican Republic to record 3,000 hits, joining Adrian Beltre. There's still a lot of baseball left to be played this year, so what more can Pujols look forward to now that he has joined this exclusive club?

"Obviously, I wanted to do it here", Pujols said. "Nothing would be more special than in September and October and playing in the playoffs and bringing a championship back to the city of Anaheim". Only 31 players in the MLB's long history have joined this club.

The players who are closest to reaching the 3,000 mark are Miguel Cabrera (2,666), Robinson Cano (2,409), and Jose Reyes (2,100).

Mike Trout started the bonanza with a run-scoring triple during a five-run first inning, and he added an RBI single in the three-run second to chase Chris Tillman (1-5).

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It wasn't the hardest hit ball during Pujols' incredible career.

The right fielder has now homered four times in the four games since shifting to the top spot. Reliever Chad Bell (0-1) allowed five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.

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Rafael Devers went 3-for-4 with two homers and Rick Porcello remained unbeaten as Boston posted a victory over Texas in Arlington.

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