Pujols homers for hit No. 2,992 in Angels' 4-3 win vs Giants

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) It took a milestone hit by Albert Pujols to give the Los Angeles Angels their first lead of the week.

Pujols drove a go-ahead, two-run homer into the seats in right-center in the sixth inning for career hit No. 2,992 and the Angels beat the San Francisco Giants 4-3 on Saturday night to snap an ugly four-game losing streak.

Mike Trout and Jefry Marte also went deep for the Angels, and Garrett Richards matched his career high with 11 strikeouts in six innings. The Giants struck out 17 times.

Pujols, 38, hit a no-doubt, opposite-field shot to right-center on an 0-1 pitch from lefty Derek Holland with one out in the sixth.

''I just got a good pitch up and away and went with it,'' said Pujols, who went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter. ''I think I've been swinging the bat pretty well, making solid contact.''

He needs eight hits to become the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club. He went 1 for 4 as the designated hitter.

''Right now, that's not my focus,'' Pujols said. ''I'm telling you from my heart it is what it is. I really don't think about it. At the end of the day, it's not about my numbers, it's about helping this organization and helping this ballclub to win and that's my main goal every day.''

His manager and teammates sure enjoyed the homer.

''It's a huge hit at the time,'' manager Mike Scioscia said. ''He drove it the other way, which is a great sign for Albert. We haven't scored many runs, haven't had many leads this week, so there's no doubt he gave us a big lift.''

Trout was waiting at the top step of the dugout to give Pujols a bro hug before the slugger began high-fiving teammates.

''We were all lit,'' Richards said. ''We were all excited. It put us ahead. He really looked like Albert Pujols again. He's coming around. A lot of guys are coming around. Hopefully we're coming out of this rut and can put together a good string of runs.''

Richards helped stop an embarrassing four-game pummeling. The Angels lost 8-1 to the Giants on Friday night after being outscored 27-3 in a three-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.

''I don't think the 30 guys that we have here are getting concerned about it,'' Pujols said. ''This is just the first month of the season.''

Pujols came up with runners on the corners and one out in the eighth and grounded into a double play.

Richards (3-0) held San Francisco to two runs and five hits, with one walk. Keynan Middleton got a four-out save, his fifth in as many chances.

''Lot of strikeouts tonight. We did some chasing,'' Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. Richards ''went to the slider. He probably threw 50 percent sliders and we had a hard time laying off it, especially 3-2.''

All three Angels home runs were off Holland (0-3).

Trout homered into the rocks beyond the fence in center field an inning after nearly robbing Brandon Belt of a two-run homer. His second in as many games and his eighth overall, it came on 0-1 pitch and tied the game at 2.

In the second, Trout leaped and had Belt's fly ball in his glove for a moment before it popped out when he hit the wall and it went over the yellow line. Pablo Sandoval was on second base after a strikeout-wild pitch followed by another wild pitch by Richards. It was Belt's fourth homer.

''I had no idea,'' Belt said. ''I didn't even know it was a home run. I thought it was a double. I couldn't see.''

Said Trout: ''If I'm a couple of steps toward right field, I make that catch.''

Marte homered with two outs in the second, his first.

San Francisco closed to 4-3 on Sandoval's RBI double with two outs in the eighth. After Belt was intentionally walked, Middleton came on and struck out Evan Longoria. Middleton allowed Mac Williamson's leadoff single in the ninth before retiring the side.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Giants: DH Buster Posey was a late scratch due to back tightness.

Angels: RHP Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Sunday, and the Angels should know if he's definitely good to make his next start after a blister on his right middle finger forced him out after just two innings against Boston on Tuesday night.

UP NEXT

Giants: RHP Johnny Cueto (1-0, 0.45) is scheduled to start the series finale. Angel Stadium is the last current ballpark he hasn't pitched in. He's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two starts against the Angels.

Angels: RHP Jaime Barria (1-0, 0.45) will be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to make his second start. He won his big league debut at Texas on April 11.

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  • W: G. Richards (3-0)L: D. Holland (0-3)S: K. Middleton (5)
  • HR: SF - B. Belt (4), LAA - A. Pujols (4), M. Trout (8), J. Marte (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Panik 2B50000013.254.329.408.738-0.5
G. Blanco CF30100010.367.424.433.8580.5
a- A. Jackson PH-CF10000010.208.259.226.485-0.5
A. McCutchen RF21000221.208.291.364.6541.0
P. Sandoval DH41110031.200.259.400.6592.5
G. Hernandez PR-DH00000000.304.304.435.7390.0
B. Belt 1B31121110.259.369.519.8887.5
E. Longoria 3B40200022.246.268.478.7461.0
M. Williamson LF40100002.250.250.625.8751.0
B. Crawford SS40000033.213.269.311.580-1.5
N. Hundley C40100031.226.294.355.649-0.5
  • a-struck out for Blanco in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000000.267.324.367.6900.0
M. Trout CF41311000.309.412.6671.07912.0
J. Upton LF21000221.244.316.427.7432.0
A. Pujols DH41121013.267.283.456.7386.5
Z. Cozart 3B30000000.238.287.400.6870.0
A. Simmons SS30100000.295.375.385.7602.0
J. Marte 1B21111001.371.405.6001.0056.0
a- L. Valbuena PH-1B10000010.258.290.409.699-0.5
C. Young RF30000020.250.250.500.750-1.0
R. Rivera C30000010.318.400.545.945-0.5
  • a-struck out for Marte in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Sandoval (2)
  • HR - B. Belt (4)
  • RBI - P. Sandoval (5), B. Belt 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Trout 2 (5), A. Simmons (4)
  • HR - M. Trout (8), A. Pujols (4), J. Marte
  • RBI - M. Trout (15), A. Pujols 2 (12), J. Marte (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (5), J. Marte (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. McCutchen
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Trout (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland (L, 0-3)6.05441634.981.066.0
C. Gearrin1.00000103.861.573.5
S. Dyson1.01001005.401.321.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Holland (L, 0-3)6.0
C. Gearrin1.0
S. Dyson1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Richards (W, 3-0)6.052211113.461.3125.5
J. Johnson (H, 2)1.00000202.771.004.0
J. Alvarez (H, 1)0.10000000.000.930.0
B. Wood (H, 4)0.11112102.311.29-3.5
K. Middleton (S, 5)1.11000302.251.1710.5
PITCHERSIP
G. Richards (W, 3-0)6.0
J. Johnson (H, 2)1.0
J. Alvarez (H, 1)0.1
B. Wood (H, 4)0.1
K. Middleton (S, 5)1.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 100-66, C. Gearrin 13-7, S. Dyson 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 3-9, S. Dyson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 24, C. Gearrin 3, S. Dyson 4
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Richards 2 (6)
  • IBB - B. Wood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 104-69, J. Johnson 10-8, J. Alvarez 3-2, B. Wood 16-9, K. Middleton 28-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 3-4, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Richards 24, J. Johnson 3, J. Alvarez, B. Wood 4, K. Middleton 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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SF8-12
020000010370
LAA14-7
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Panik 2B50000013.254.329.408.738-0.5
G. Blanco CF30100010.367.424.433.8580.5
a- A. Jackson PH-CF10000010.208.259.226.485-0.5
A. McCutchen RF21000221.208.291.364.6541.0
P. Sandoval DH41110031.200.259.400.6592.5
G. Hernandez PR-DH00000000.304.304.435.7390.0
B. Belt 1B31121110.259.369.519.8887.5
E. Longoria 3B40200022.246.268.478.7461.0
M. Williamson LF40100002.250.250.625.8751.0
B. Crawford SS40000033.213.269.311.580-1.5
N. Hundley C40100031.226.294.355.649-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Blanco in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B40000000.267.324.367.6900.0
M. Trout CF41311000.309.412.6671.07912.0
J. Upton LF21000221.244.316.427.7432.0
A. Pujols DH41121013.267.283.456.7386.5
Z. Cozart 3B30000000.238.287.400.6870.0
A. Simmons SS30100000.295.375.385.7602.0
J. Marte 1B21111001.371.405.6001.0056.0
a- L. Valbuena PH-1B10000010.258.290.409.699-0.5
C. Young RF30000020.250.250.500.750-1.0
R. Rivera C30000010.318.400.545.945-0.5
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HITTERSAB
I. Kinsler 2B4
M. Trout CF4
J. Upton LF2
A. Pujols DH4
Z. Cozart 3B3
A. Simmons SS3
J. Marte 1B2
a- L. Valbuena PH-1B1
C. Young RF3
R. Rivera C3
Total29
  • a-struck out for Marte in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - P. Sandoval (2)
  • HR - B. Belt (4)
  • RBI - P. Sandoval (5), B. Belt 2 (9)
  • 2-Out RBI - P. Sandoval
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Trout 2 (5), A. Simmons (4)
  • HR - M. Trout (8), A. Pujols (4), J. Marte
  • RBI - M. Trout (15), A. Pujols 2 (12), J. Marte (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout (5), J. Marte (4)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - A. McCutchen
BASERUNNING
  • SB - M. Trout (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Holland (L, 0-3)6.05441634.981.066.0
C. Gearrin1.00000103.861.573.5
S. Dyson1.01001005.401.321.0
Total8.0644273---
PITCHERSIP
D. Holland (L, 0-3)6.0
C. Gearrin1.0
S. Dyson1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Richards (W, 3-0)6.052211113.461.3125.5
J. Johnson (H, 2)1.00000202.771.004.0
J. Alvarez (H, 1)0.10000000.000.930.0
B. Wood (H, 4)0.11112102.311.29-3.5
K. Middleton (S, 5)1.11000302.251.1710.5
Total9.07333171---
PITCHERSIP
G. Richards (W, 3-0)6.0
J. Johnson (H, 2)1.0
J. Alvarez (H, 1)0.1
B. Wood (H, 4)0.1
K. Middleton (S, 5)1.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Holland 100-66, C. Gearrin 13-7, S. Dyson 13-7
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Holland 3-9, S. Dyson 2-0
  • Batters Faced - D. Holland 24, C. Gearrin 3, S. Dyson 4
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Richards 2 (6)
  • IBB - B. Wood (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 104-69, J. Johnson 10-8, J. Alvarez 3-2, B. Wood 16-9, K. Middleton 28-19
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 3-4, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - G. Richards 24, J. Johnson 3, J. Alvarez, B. Wood 4, K. Middleton 5
  • 8TH INNING
    Sandoval doubled to deep right, McCutchen scored34
  • 6TH INNING
    Pujols homered to right center, Upton scored24
  • 3RD INNING
    Trout homered to left center22
  • 2ND INNING
    Marte homered to left21
    Belt homered to right center, Sandoval scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • K. Middleton Pitching:
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Williamson reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Panik grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Jim Johnson
    • J. Panik: Strike looking, Ball, Panik flied out to deep center
    • Austin Jackson hit for Gregor Blanco
    • Blake Wood relieved Jose Alvarez
    • A. Jackson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jackson struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Sandoval doubled to deep right, McCutchen scored
    • Gorkys Hernandez ran for Pablo Sandoval
    • B. Belt: Belt intentionally walked
    • Keynan Middleton relieved Blake Wood
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Longoria struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Sam Dyson relieved Cory Gearrin
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Trout doubled to shallow left
    • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Trout stole third, Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton walked
    • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded into double play third to second to first, Upton out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jim Johnson relieved Garrett Richards
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Williamson flied out to deep left
    • B. Crawford: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Crawford struck out on foul tip
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Cory Gearrin relieved Derek Holland
    • Luis Valbuena hit for Jefry Marte
    • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young fouled out to first
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Rivera flied out to left
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging
    • B. Belt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Belt struck out looking
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Longoria struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout lined out to left
    • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Upton walked
    • A. Pujols: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pujols homered to right center, Upton scored
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Cozart lined out to left
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Foul, Simmons lined out to left
    • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hundley struck out swinging
    • J. Panik: Panik grounded out to first
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Blanco singled to shallow left
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, McCutchen struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Young struck out swinging
    • R. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler popped out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • B. Belt: Foul, Belt flied out to center
    • E. Longoria: Strike looking, Strike looking, Longoria singled to shallow left
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Foul, Williamson popped out to first
    • B. Crawford: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Crawford grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
    • Z. Cozart: Cozart grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Simmons doubled to deep right
    • J. Marte: Ball, Marte fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • G. Blanco: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Blanco struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sandoval struck out swinging, McCutchen caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • R. Rivera: Rivera grounded out to third
    • I. Kinsler: Kinsler lined out to center
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout homered to left center
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Upton struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • P. Sandoval: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sandoval struck out, reached on wild pitch
    • B. Belt: Ball, Sandoval to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Belt homered to right center, Sandoval scored
    • E. Longoria: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Longoria singled to shallow left
    • M. Williamson: Strike looking, Williamson flied out to right
    • B. Crawford: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Crawford struck out swinging
    • N. Hundley: Ball, Hundley singled to center, Longoria to second
    • J. Panik: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Panik struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Cozart grounded out to third
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons fouled out to catcher
    • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Marte homered to left
    • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Young struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • G. Richards Pitching:
    • J. Panik: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Panik flied out to center
    • G. Blanco: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Blanco grounded out to shortstop
    • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Holland Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler fouled out to catcher
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Trout doubled to deep left
    • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)