Los Angeles Angles slugger Albert Pujols hit his 511th career home run tonight to tie New York Giants great Mel Ott for 23rd on the all time home run list.
Pujols’ historic shot came in the seventh inning off of Houston Astros reliever Tony Sipp. His two run shot was part of a eight run seventh inning, and gave the Angels a 6-5 lead. They now lead 10-5.
This is the seventh time in the last 13 games that the Angels have scored four runs or more in a single inning. The homer was Pujols’ 19th of the season. He hit 17 all of last season in his first season with the Angels.
Ott racked up his 511 home runs over 22 seasons. Pujols accomplished his feat in just 14.
Pujols hit his first career home run in his major league debut on April 6, 2001 off of Arizona’s Armando Reynoso.
The next home run that Pujols hits will put him into a three-way tie for 21st all time with Cubs great Ernie Banks and Braves great Eddie Mathews.
If Pujols can keep up his pace, he should also pass up the three Hall of Famers at number 18: Red Sox great Ted Williams, Giants great Willie McCovey, and 90′s slugger Frank Thomas.