Albert Pujols Hits 500th Career Home Run

Jason Wise/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --  Albert Pujols hit his 500th career home run in thrilling fashion.

Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-2 win over the Washington Nationals Tuesday night.  He also drove in five runs.

"It tastes better with a win," Pujols said after becoming the 26th player in big league history to reach the milestone.  "I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win."

Tyler Skaggs (2-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for the win.  Pujols now has eight home runs this season, all in the past 13 games.  His 19 RBIs lead the team.

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