Pujols drilled a three-run shot over the fence in the first
inning for his 499th then added the landmark blast on a two-run
drive in the fifth.
He became the 26th player in Major League history to reach the
milestone and the Washington crowd saluted the 34-year-old with a
After the game, Pujols took to Twitter to thank his fans and
"Thank you to all of my fans for the well wishes on my HR#500. I
thank The Lord for you, & your support over the years. May God bless
you all," the Dominican-born American tweeted.
Pujols, a three-time MVP, finished with five RBIs to continue his
power surge after a disappointing 2013 campaign. He now has eight
homers on the season to lead the Major Leagues.
A nine-time All-Star, Pujols hit 455 of his home runs with the St
Louis Cardinals before joining the Angels prior to the 2012 season.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles;
editing by John O'Brien)
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