Pujols slugs No. 521 to tie for 18th all-time

Pujols slugs No. 521 to tie for 18th all-time

SEATTLE -- Angels first baseman Albert Pujols turned on an inside fastball from Hisashi Iwakuma and continued to climb up the record books.

His first-inning two-run homer during Wednesday night's 5-3 victory over the Mariners, a rocket line drive that reached the second deck of Safeco Field, was the 521st of Pujols' career, tying him with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas for 18th on the all-time list.

"The ball actually slipped out of my hand," Iwakuma said of the 1-0, chest-high pitch that landed just above the "Edgar's" sign near the left-field foul pole. "I knew right when I released it that the ball was going to be up, and he didn't miss it."

If Pujols hits 30 homers in 2015 -- a number he reached in his first 12 years, but not since 2012 -- he'll reach 550, which is 15th all-time. Next on the list is Jimmie Foxx at 534, followed by Mickey Mantle at 536 and Mike Schmidt at 548.

"I'm blessed to be able to share my name with those guys," Pujols said of Williams, McCovey and Thomas. "If you told me 16 years ago when I got to this game that I would accomplish what I have, winning two World Series, hitting some home runs, getting some big hits, I couldn't have imagined it."

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