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The Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols (5) is greeted by Mike Trout (27) and other teammates at home plate after hitting his 500th career home run against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning Tuesday.
The Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols (5) is greeted by Mike Trout (27) and other teammates at home plate after hitting his 500th career home run against the Washington Nationals in the fifth inning Tuesday.
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WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols became the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.


The first baseman connected twice off Taylor Jordan (0-3) — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in the fifth — to become the 26th player in major league history to reach the milestone.


Pujols is the first player to collect Nos. 499 and 500 in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he’s also the third-youngest to get to 500. He has eight homers this season, all in the past 13 games.


Tyler Skaggs (2-0) gave up two runs in seven innings for the win.


Marlins 1, Braves 0


ATLANTA — Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves.


Fernandez (3-1) outpitched Atlanta’s Alex Wood (2-3), who also was dominant. Wood allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.


The Marlins gave Fernandez the only run he would need in the fourth. Giancarlo Stanton hit a one-out double to left field and scored on Casey McGehee’s single up the middle.


Fernandez struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. He allowed three hits with no walks.


Cishek pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.


Jason Heyward led off the first with a single to left field, and the Braves didn’t have another hit until Chris Johnson’s leadoff single in the eighth. Fernandez then struck out Dan Uggla and Evan Gattis before Andrelton Simmons’ infield single moved pinch-runner Tyler Pastornicky to second.


Pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit grounded out to Fernandez to end the eighth.


Atlanta’s only other baserunner before the eighth came when B.J. Upton reached on McGehee’s fielding error at third base in the fourth. Fernandez then struck out the next two batters to end the inning.


Reds 4, Pirates 1


PITTSBURGH — Johnny Cueto tossed his second three-hitter against the Pittsburgh in a week and the Cincinnati Reds eased past the struggling Pirates.


Cueto (2-2) struck out four and walked three while running his career-long scoreless streak to 21 innings before giving up a home run to Andrew McCutchen with one out in the ninth. He improved to 15-4 in his career against the Pirates and became the first Cincinnati pitcher to toss consecutive complete games since Mat Latos did it in June 2012.


Brayan Pena and Zack Cozart had consecutive RBI hits off Edinson Volquez (1-1) in the seventh to provide all the offense Cueto needed.


Volquez allowed two runs and five hits with a walk and three strikeouts.


Cardinals 3, Mets 0


NEW YORK — Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the St. Louis Cardinals to a victory over the New York Mets.


Left fielder Matt Holliday robbed Chris Young of a tying homer, one night after the Mets played some dazzling defense of their own to post a shutout in the series opener.


Wainwright (4-1) faced the minimum through four innings and outpitched Dillon Gee. It was the second consecutive scoreless start for Wainwright, who tossed a two-hit shutout last Thursday at Washington.


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