Albert Pujols Hits Career HR No. 698; 2 Shy of Joining Bonds, Aaron, Ruth with 700 | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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Albert Pujols’ chances of hitting 700 career home runs keep getting better.
The St. Louis Cardinals slugger hit his 698th homer in the sixth inning of Friday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.
Pujols is just two homers away from joining Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) as the only players in MLB history with at least 700. He became the only MLB all-time fourth place holder. home run with 697 on Sunday with a two-run outburst in the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Bonds was the most recent player to join the 700 home run club. He reached the milestone on September 16, 2004, in a 4-1 win over the San Diego Padres.
Friday marks the Cardinals’ 145th regular season game. They will play 17 more games before the end of the season on October 5.
The game-tying two-point shot against the Reds was Pujols’ 19th in 2022. It was his best in a single season since 2019 when he hit 23 for the Los Angeles Angels.
Pujols’ longest circuit drought this season lasted 25 games from May 23 to July 9. Friday was his 13th home run in 41 games since the All-Star break.