WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry.
The Angels first baseman became the first player to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, driving in five runs to help Los Angeles beat the Nationals 7-2 Tuesday night.
The three-time NL MVP connected twice off Taylor Jordan, a three-run homer in the first and two-run drive in the fifth, to become the 26th player to reach the milestone.
"It tastes better with a win," Pujols said. "I knew this year, it was going to happen, whether it was tonight, tomorrow, two months from now. So my goal was just to prepare myself every day to try to help this organization win."
About three months past his 34th birthday, Pujols is the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32. He has eight homers this season, all in the past 13 games.
"The homers he's hit this year, they've been long ones," Angels outfielder Mike Trout said. "That's the Albert I'm used to seeing."