St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hits 703rd career home run

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols hit his 703rd career home run Monday night.

The 42-year-old slugger tied for the St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Mitch Keller from Pittsburgh Pirates and tied a two-run shot in the left-field stands for a goalless tie in the sixth inning of the Cards’ eventual 3-2 loss.

It was Pujol’s 35th career home run at PNC Park, his best at a ballpark.

The drive earned Pujols 2,216 RBIs, which ranks second all-time behind Hank Aaron’s 2,297. Babe Ruth unofficially hit 2,214 runs, but many weren’t counted because the statistic wasn’t recognized by baseball until 1920.

“It was fun watching him hit a home run in that situation,” said Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol. “You feel pretty good when he’s swinging where you are and his home runs have been very meaningful.”

Pujols, who plans to retire after the season, has 24 home runs this year — his most since scoring 31 for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. He is one of four players in major league history with 700 and switches to Barry Bonds (762). , Aaron (755) and Ruth (714).

Pujols, who did not speak to reporters after the game, was unbeaten in eight career at-bats against Keller.

“It’s a great time to be with him and this team,” said Cardinals starting pitcher Jose Quintana. “He keeps believing in his abilities. The most impressive thing is his home runs, then he’s ready for the next one. He wants to keep going.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Emma Bowman

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