Albert Pujols reaches 2,000 RBIs and Angels rout Tigers 13-0

DETROIT (AP) Albert Pujols turned on a fastball over the middle of the plate, sent the no-doubt shot deep into the left-field seats, flipped his bat toward celebrating teammates in the dugout and trotted around the bases.

By the time he stepped on home plate, the three-time MVP was in an elite group of three players in baseball history.

Pujols became the third player with 2,000 career RBIs when he hit a solo homer in the third inning Thursday to help the Los Angeles Angels rout the Detroit Tigers 13-0.

''We end up winning the game and winning the series. That's more special,'' he said. ''It's a great moment to be out there, the third one on the list.''

Pujols joined Hank Aaron (2,297) and Alex Rodriguez (2,086) as the players to reach the milestone since 1920. Babe Ruth is credited with 1,992 RBIs because baseball's official records don't count the runs the slugger drove in with the Boston Red Sox from 1914 through 1919.

''To win games, you have to drive runs in,'' Pujols said. ''I know right now there's a lot of geniuses that don't want to give credit to RBIs.''

Ryan Carpenter (0-1) threw Pujols a 2-0 pitch that helped him end a three-game hitless streak.

''Not really the way you want to be a part of history,'' Carpenter said. ''It was a 2-0, two-seamer that I left up.''

The ball ended up in the hands of a fan, who would not give up the ball and the superstar didn't have a problem with the decision.

''We play this game for the fans, too, and if they want to keep it, I think they have the right,'' Pujols insisted. ''I just hope he can enjoy.''

Pujols received an ovation by the sparse crowd at Comerica Park, where his accomplishment was recognized on the videoboard and by the public address announcer.

''You feel honored just to be on the field with him,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''He's one of the elite hitters in baseball history, but he's also a class act as a person.''

Luke Bard started for the Angels after a 53-minute rain delay and pitched one inning, allowing two hits. Felix Pena (2-1) followed and threw seven scoreless innings, giving up just three hits and striking out seven. Cam Bedrosian pitched the ninth to seal the scoreless outing.

The Angels provided plenty of offense.

Shohei Ohtani ended his 0-for-7 start with an RBI single in the two-run first. The AL Rookie of the Year finished 2 for 4, appearing in his third game since being cleared to play following Tommy John surgery in October.

''My first hit is important and I'm glad to get it out of the way,'' he said through an interpreter.

Tommy La Stella hit his first of two homers in the three-run second inning. Pujols' sixth homer of the year gave Los Angeles a 6-0 lead. Kole Calhoun followed with another solo homer in the sixth inning and Mike Trout's sacrifice fly made it 9-0 in the seventh.

''Obviously, pitching is a problem right now,'' Gardenhire said. ''We've got four games in three days against a Minnesota team that is really swinging the bats well. We need a lot more depth from our starters to protect the bullpen, especially with that doubleheader coming up.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: CF Brian Goodwin was scheduled to have the day off but was used as a pinch-hitter for Trout in the eighth and singled.

Tigers: OF Christin Stewart (right quad strain) was reinstated from the injured list and hit a fly to center in the ninth as a pinch-hitter for Miguel Cabrera.

ROSTER MOVE

Detroit optioned RHP Zac Reininger and plan to announce a corresponding move Friday.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Trevor Cahill (1-3, 6.95) starts a series Friday against RHP Dan Straily (1-2, 7.43) at Baltimore.

Tigers: RHP Tyson Ross (1-4, 5.34) opens a series Friday night against RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-2, 2.78) at Minnesota.

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  • W: F. Pena (2-1)L: R. Carpenter (0-1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (6), J. Bour (4), K. Calhoun (9), T. La Stella 2 (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Bour 1B11111000.178.282.344.6266.0
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K. Smith C42200100.294.400.431.8316.0
Z. Cozart 3B41120001.132.169.158.3275.0
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  • a-singled for Trout in the 8th
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J. Candelario 3B40000021.205.308.291.600-1.0
N. Castellanos RF40000011.268.329.425.754-0.5
M. Cabrera DH30100010.303.367.371.7390.5
a- C. Stewart PH-DH10000000.218.308.509.8170.0
N. Goodrum LF40100020.227.328.391.7191.0
R. Rodriguez 1B30000002.321.361.6791.0390.0
b- B. Dixon PH10000000.276.300.448.7480.0
H. Castro 2B30200000.267.313.333.6463.0
G. Beckham SS30000012.245.362.531.893-0.5
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E. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
  • a-flied out for Cabrera in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Rodriguez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Simmons (12), K. Smith (4), Z. Cozart (2)
  • 3B - D. Fletcher (2)
  • HR - A. Pujols (6), J. Bour (4), K. Calhoun (9), T. La Stella 2 (9)
  • SF - M. Trout (2), Z. Cozart (3)
  • RBI - M. Trout (21), B. Goodwin (12), S. Ohtani (2), A. Pujols (18), J. Bour (14), K. Calhoun (21), Z. Cozart 2 (6), T. La Stella 4 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (8), A. Pujols (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 3 (3), A. Pujols
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Goodrum (9), H. Castro, G. Greiner (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, R. Rodriguez 2 (2), G. Beckham, J. Jones
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Beckham-Castro-Rodriguez; Candelario-Castro-Rodriguez; Beckham-Castro-Rodriguez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Bard1.02000002.201.041.0
F. Pena (W, 2-1)7.03000703.210.9231.5
C. Bedrosian1.00000103.001.173.5
PITCHERSIP
L. Bard1.0
F. Pena (W, 2-1)7.0
C. Bedrosian1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Carpenter (L, 0-1)5.086612210.801.80-4.0
Z. Reininger1.243311214.852.85-4.5
E. Jimenez1.133320011.572.57-5.0
R. Garrett1.01110015.112.351.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Carpenter (L, 0-1)5.0
Z. Reininger1.2
E. Jimenez1.1
R. Garrett1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Bard 14-9, F. Pena 86-57, C. Bedrosian 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Bard 2-1, F. Pena 6-8
  • Batters Faced - L. Bard 5, F. Pena 24, C. Bedrosian 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Carpenter 80-52, Z. Reininger 34-20, E. Jimenez 36-17, R. Garrett 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Carpenter 4-7, Z. Reininger 2-1, E. Jimenez 3-1, R. Garrett 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Carpenter 22, Z. Reininger 9, E. Jimenez 9, R. Garrett 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Trout CF21110100.284.463.5411.0044.0
a- B. Goodwin PH-CF10110000.314.392.505.8962.0
S. Ohtani DH40210111.182.357.182.5393.5
A. Simmons SS50100005.291.310.430.7402.0
A. Pujols 1B41111021.208.285.408.6935.0
J. Bour 1B11111000.178.282.344.6266.0
K. Calhoun RF43211100.223.315.485.80010.0
K. Smith C42200100.294.400.431.8316.0
Z. Cozart 3B41120001.132.169.158.3275.0
T. La Stella 2B42242001.256.350.567.91614.0
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  • a-singled for Trout in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Candelario 3B40000021.205.308.291.600-1.0
N. Castellanos RF40000011.268.329.425.754-0.5
M. Cabrera DH30100010.303.367.371.7390.5
a- C. Stewart PH-DH10000000.218.308.509.8170.0
N. Goodrum LF40100020.227.328.391.7191.0
R. Rodriguez 1B30000002.321.361.6791.0390.0
b- B. Dixon PH10000000.276.300.448.7480.0
H. Castro 2B30200000.267.313.333.6463.0
G. Beckham SS30000012.245.362.531.893-0.5
G. Greiner C30100011.200.253.341.5941.5
J. Jones CF30000002.155.221.282.5020.0
R. Carpenter P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
Z. Reininger P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
E. Jimenez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
R. Garrett P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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  • a-flied out for Cabrera in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Rodriguez in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Simmons (12), K. Smith (4), Z. Cozart (2)
  • 3B - D. Fletcher (2)
  • HR - A. Pujols (6), J. Bour (4), K. Calhoun (9), T. La Stella 2 (9)
  • SF - M. Trout (2), Z. Cozart (3)
  • RBI - M. Trout (21), B. Goodwin (12), S. Ohtani (2), A. Pujols (18), J. Bour (14), K. Calhoun (21), Z. Cozart 2 (6), T. La Stella 4 (23)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Goodwin (8), A. Pujols (7)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Simmons 3 (3), A. Pujols
BATTING
  • 2B - N. Goodrum (9), H. Castro, G. Greiner (3)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Castellanos, R. Rodriguez 2 (2), G. Beckham, J. Jones
FIELDING
  • DP - 3 (Beckham-Castro-Rodriguez; Candelario-Castro-Rodriguez; Beckham-Castro-Rodriguez)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Bard1.02000002.201.041.0
F. Pena (W, 2-1)7.03000703.210.9231.5
C. Bedrosian1.00000103.001.173.5
Total9.0500080---
PITCHERSIP
L. Bard1.0
F. Pena (W, 2-1)7.0
C. Bedrosian1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Carpenter (L, 0-1)5.086612210.801.80-4.0
Z. Reininger1.243311214.852.85-4.5
E. Jimenez1.133320011.572.57-5.0
R. Garrett1.01110015.112.351.0
Total9.0161313435---
PITCHERSIP
R. Carpenter (L, 0-1)5.0
Z. Reininger1.2
E. Jimenez1.1
R. Garrett1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Bard 14-9, F. Pena 86-57, C. Bedrosian 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Bard 2-1, F. Pena 6-8
  • Batters Faced - L. Bard 5, F. Pena 24, C. Bedrosian 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Carpenter 80-52, Z. Reininger 34-20, E. Jimenez 36-17, R. Garrett 23-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Carpenter 4-7, Z. Reininger 2-1, E. Jimenez 3-1, R. Garrett 2-1
  • Batters Faced - R. Carpenter 22, Z. Reininger 9, E. Jimenez 9, R. Garrett 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Bour homered to right center130
  • 8TH INNING
    Goodwin singled to right center, Cozart scored120
    La Stella grounded out to shortstop, Smith scored, Cozart to third110
    Cozart doubled to left, Calhoun scored, Smith to third100
  • 7TH INNING
    Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Fletcher scored90
    La Stella homered to right center80
  • 6TH INNING
    Calhoun homered to left70
  • 3RD INNING
    Pujols homered to left60
  • 2ND INNING
    La Stella homered to right, Smith scored50
    Cozart hit sacrifice fly to right, Calhoun scored, Smith to third30
  • 1ST INNING
    Simmons grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Trout scored, Ohtani out at second20
    Ohtani singled to right center, Fletcher scored, Trout to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Reed Garrett relieved Eduardo Jimenez
    • J. Bour: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bour homered to right center
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Calhoun grounded out to shortstop
    • K. Smith: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Smith grounded out to shortstop
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Cam Bedrosian relieved Felix Pena
    • Christin Stewart hit for Miguel Cabrera
    • C. Stewart: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Stewart flied out to center
    • N. Goodrum: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goodrum struck out looking
    • Brandon Dixon hit for Ronny Rodriguez
    • B. Dixon: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Dixon lined out to left
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • E. Jimenez Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
    • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Smith singled to center, Calhoun to third
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Cozart doubled to left, Calhoun scored, Smith to third
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to shortstop, Smith scored, Cozart to third
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fletcher lined out to right
    • Brian Goodwin hit for Mike Trout
    • B. Goodwin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Goodwin singled to right center, Cozart scored
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked, Goodwin to second
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Simmons grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Justin Bour at first base
    • G. Greiner: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Greiner doubled to left
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jones reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Greiner out at third
    • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario flied out to deep right
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Jones to second on fielder's indifference, Castellanos grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Z. Reininger Pitching:
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, La Stella homered to right center
    • D. Fletcher: Foul, Fletcher tripled to deep right
    • M. Trout: Foul, Trout hit sacrifice fly to center, Fletcher scored
    • S. Ohtani: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani grounded out to second
    • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Ball, Simmons doubled to deep left
    • Eduardo Jimenez relieved Zac Reininger
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Goodrum flied out to deep left
    • R. Rodriguez: Foul, Rodriguez popped out to shortstop
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Castro singled to left
    • G. Beckham: Beckham grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Zac Reininger relieved Ryan Carpenter
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun homered to left
    • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Smith walked
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Cozart grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Smith out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher lined out to right
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to third
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Simmons reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • H. Castro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro doubled to left
    • G. Beckham: Beckham lined out to first
    • G. Greiner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Greiner struck out swinging
    • J. Jones: Strike looking, Jones flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Smith lined out to left
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Cozart lined out to center
    • T. La Stella: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Cabrera grounded out to third
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Goodrum struck out swinging
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Rodriguez flied out to left
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ohtani singled to shallow center
    • A. Simmons: Strike swinging, Simmons grounded into double play third to second to first, Ohtani out at second
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Pujols homered to left
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Calhoun flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Pena Pitching:
    • J. Jones: Ball, Strike looking, Jones lined out to center
    • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
    • N. Castellanos: Ball, Castellanos grounded out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun singled to right
    • K. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith doubled to deep right center, Calhoun to third
    • Z. Cozart: Ball, Cozart hit sacrifice fly to right, Calhoun scored, Smith to third
    • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, La Stella homered to right, Smith scored
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Fletcher popped out to second
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout flied out to left
    • Middle of the 2nd (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Felix Pena relieved Luke Bard
    • H. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Castro lined out to first
    • G. Beckham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Beckham struck out on foul tip
    • G. Greiner: Ball, Greiner grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Carpenter Pitching:
    • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fletcher singled to left
    • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Fletcher to second
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ohtani singled to right center, Fletcher scored, Trout to third
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Trout scored, Ohtani out at second
    • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Bard Pitching:
    • J. Candelario: Candelario flied out to left
    • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos grounded out to second
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera singled to right
    • N. Goodrum: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Goodrum doubled to deep left, Cabrera to third
    • R. Rodriguez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Rodriguez grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)