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Pujols gets 3000th hit, Angels beat Mariners

Pujols gets 3000th hit, Angels beat Mariners

Pujols joined the 600-homer club previous year (an achievement I thought didn't get enough talk), and on Friday night, he joined the 3,000-hit club with a single into right field in Seattle.

With two outs in the fifth, Pujols flared a low, 1-0 slider from Seattle's Mike Leake into shallow right field.

He's now tied with Roberto Clemente on the all-time hits list.

Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and Alex Rodriguez were the first three players to achieve 3,000 hits and 600 home runs.

Pujols is the first player to join the 3,000-hit club since Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre did so last July. Now he's the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club and just the fourth player in that group to get there while also slugging 600 home runs. The next closest player to 3,000 is Miguel Cabrera, who is more than 300 hits away.

Before Beltre, Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki tripled for his 3,000th Major League Baseball hit on August 7, 2016 and Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez achieved the milestone June 19, 2015. Richards (4-1) scattered four hits and had eight strikeouts in his first start against Seattle since late 2015. Being the 402nd overall pick in the draft, Pujols just hoped to make a Major League roster.

Over the last seven seasons in Los Angeles, Pujols has collected 927 hits, including 175 homers. Now, about the Angels playing in Los Angeles. He threw 5 1/3 innings and matched a season-high with four walks.

Pujols would hit his first home run three games later, off Armando Reynoso of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he was on his way. Two-way Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani's arrival as the Angels' primary DH has put Pujols in the field, where he remains a capable defender. Manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani's bullpen session on Friday went well and as long as there aren't any issues he's expected to start the series finale in Seattle.

Mariners: Lefty Marco Gonzales (3-2) goes for his second straight victory.