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Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols watches the ball after connecting for a two-run homer against Washington Nationals Taylor Jordan in the fifth inning of a baseball game in Washington, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. This was Pujols 500th career home run. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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First Published Apr 23 2014 10:35 am • Last Updated Apr 24 2014 04:43 pm

ANGELS 7, NATIONALS 2

WASHINGTON • Albert Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.

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The first baseman connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3) — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth — to become the 26th player in major league history to reach the milestone.

Pujols is the first player to collect Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he’s also the third-youngest to get to 500. He has eight homers this season, all in the past 13 games.

Tyler Skaggs (2-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for the win.

MARLINS 1, BRAVES 0

ATLANTA • Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Marlins shut out the Braves.

Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta’s Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.

The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee’s single up the middle.


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Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks.

Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

CARDINALS 3, METS 0

NEW YORK • Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the Cardinals to a victory over the Mets.

Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post a shutout in the series opener.

Wainwright (4-1) faced the minimum through four innings and outpitched Dillon Gee. It was the second consecutive scoreless start for Wainwright, who tossed a two-hit shutout last Thursday at Washington.

PHILLIES 3, DODGERS 2, 10 innings

LOS ANGELES • Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Phillies beat the Dodgers.

Carlos Ruiz reached second base when his flyball to short left field glanced off Crawford’s glove as shortstop Hanley Ramirez nearly collided with the left fielder. Brown followed with a drive to the fence in left-center on a 1-1 pitch from J.P. Howell (1-2).

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