OAKLAND -- Albert Pujols' seventh-inning grand slam barely cleared the fence in left, but he got just enough on it to catapult his team in front. The home run, highlighting an eight-run frame, gave the Angels a lead they wouldn't relinquish in a 12-7 win over the A's at the Coliseum on Friday night.
"With that situation, one out, you just want to stay away from a double play and being a rally killer," Pujols said. "Just get something up, and that's what I did, and obviously I put the best swing of the night."
Pujols, who has 12 home runs in his last 20 games and an American League-leading 20 on the season, finished the night 2-for-5 with three runs scored and five RBIs. He leads the AL in home runs, RBIs, runs and slugging since May 28.
After a slow start to the season, Pujols has returned to the slugger baseball fans have grown accustomed to seeing.
"He's one of the best players in the game for a reason," Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun said. "Has been for a long time. Came up in a big spot, got the pitch he was looking for and put a good swing on it."