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Dominican Albert Pujols hits a 676 homer and Dodgers win the series over the Angels

Dominican Albert Pujols hits a 676 homer and Dodgers win the series over the Angels

Albert Pujols hit his first home run off his former team that set him free in May, helping Walker Buehler and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-2 on Sunday.

Cody Bellinger, the former NL MVP who has struggled this season, homered for the second straight game, and the World Series champions won two of three Freeway Series games at Dodger Stadium.

Trea Turner, in his second start and starting hitter with the Dodgers since acquiring him from Max Scherzer in a trade with Washington, scored twice.

Pujols hit his two-run homer in the second inning as a pinch-hitter to replace Justin Turner, who left the field with a sore left groin. Turner will see no action for several days, according to Dave Roberts.

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The Dominican was somewhat in awe of his 418-foot hit and then had a jubilant celebration with his teammates in the cave. It was Pujols’ third career pinch homer and 14th of the season – nine in a Dodgers uniform – and the 676th of his exceptional career.

Pujols, 41, homered off rookie Reid Detmers (0-2) and put the Dodgers up 5-0.

“This is the first time I’ve seen some of those players since the Angels released me,” Pujols said. “I still have a great relationship with 95% of them.”

Buehler (12-2) took the victory: he worked six controlled innings, in which he allowed one run, four hits and four walks, in addition to striking out eight. (MLB in Spanish)

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