ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701 home run to close against the Pittsburgh Pirates Friday night.
Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.
Pujols met Oviedo for the first time, making the 24-year-old right-hander the 456th other pitcher he has shot at.
The St. Louis star hadn’t homed in a week since he finished 699th and 700th at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bat without a home run after two starts and a pinch-hit appearance.
The crowd at Busch Stadium gave the 42-year-old Pujols a prolonged ovation before he emerged from the Cardinals’ dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.
Pujols scored his 22nd home run for the NL Central champions Cardinals this season.
Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).
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