Jeff Gross, Getty Images
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Albert Pujols finally hit a home run for the Los Angeles Angels, ending the longest power drought of his career Sunday in a 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pujols connected in the fifth inning for his first AL homer and the 446th overall. When he returned to the dugout, he had it all to himself. No players, no coaches, no batboys.
Pujols' teammates gave him the ol' silent treatment, a plot hatched by Torii Hunter. They were all waiting for the slugger in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse. Then, a burst of euphoria and they were all back on the bench, high-fiving and slapping him all over his body.
The three-time NL MVP had gone 33 games and 139 at-bats dating to last year without a home run in the regular season. He had a three-homer game for the champion St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series and hit seven home runs in spring training.
Pujols drove a 2-2 pitch from Drew Hutchison (1-1) into the left-field bullpen for a two-run shot. He homered in his 28th game and 111th at-bat with the Angels, who signed him to a 10-year, $240 million contract as a free agent in December.
Pujols had not homered in the regular season since last Sept. 22. This was the first time Pujols, who began the game batting .194 with five RBIs, drove in a run with a hit since April 15.
Jerome Williams (3-1) allowed three runs in 6 2-3 innings. LaTroy Hawkins turned Omar Vizquel's line drive into a game-ending double play for his first save with the Angels.
ORIOLES 9, RED SOX 6, 17 INNINGS: At Boston, In the first major league game since 1925 in which both teams put a position player on the mound, Baltimore designated hitter ChrisDavis overcame an awful day at the plate by pitching two scoreless innings and getting the win as the Orioles outlasted Boston.
Davis went 0 for 8, striking out five times and grounding into a double play. But in a season full of surprises for the Orioles, a first baseman by trade delivered the biggest one yet in a crazy game at Fenway Park.
AdamJones hit a three-run homer in the top of the 17th off DarnellMcDonald (0-1), an outfielder the Red Sox turned to once their bullpen was empty.
Boston then put two runners on to start the 17th against Davis (1-0), making his pro pitching debut. With a fastball in the mid-80s (mph), he struck out All-Star slugger AdrianGonzalez and got McDonald to ground into a double play to end a game that took 6 hours, 7 minutes.
The last time two teams brought in position players to pitch in the same game was Oct. 4, 1925, when Hall of FamersTyCobb of Detroit and GeorgeSisler of the St. LouisBrowns closed out the second game of a doubleheader on the last day of the season, STATSLLC said.
The last time any position player wound up as the winning pitcher was May 25, 2011, when Philadelphia infielder WilsonValdez threw one scoreless inning in a 19-inning victory over Cincinnati.
J.J. Hardy had five hits, including two homers, as Baltimore completed a sweep and won its fifth in a row. The shortstop also made a relay to the plate that cut down the potential winning run to end the 16th.
RobertAndino hit a three-run shot for the Orioles, who improved to a major league-best 19-9.
Boston rookie WillMiddlebrooks hit a grand slam for his first major league homer. Gonzlaez was 0 for 8.
INDIANS 4, RANGERS 2: At Cleveland, UbaldoJimenez pitched seven scoreless innings and Cleveland handed Texas rookie YuDarvish (4-1) his first major league loss.
AsdrubalCabrera hit a two-run double and JasonKipnis homered off the Japanese star, who struck out a career-high 11 over six innings. Jimenez (3-2) walked four in the first three innings but settled down and permitted only two hits.
- The 1990 NBA draft redone: See how a pair of...
- Utahns in baseball: BYU alum Adam Law breaks...
- Amy Donaldson: It's easy for this working...
- Report: Former Jordan High quarterback Austin...
- Prep sports: All-Sports awards feature 2...
- Rock On: BYU finds another recruiting niche
- Utah Jazz: Terry Rozier’s toughness...
- Dick Harmon: NCAA's move to speed up...
- Report: Former Jordan High quarterback... 45
- Links: BYU gets a new commitment; Utes... 43
- Dick Harmon: NCAA's move to speed up... 40
- BYU basketball: NBA draft insiders... 31
- BYU football signs New Zealand rugby... 24
- Sen. Orrin Hatch calls HBO story on... 16
- Morning links: SI features Frank... 11
- Live streams: 5A & 4A state baseball... 7