Pujols hits 1st homer with Dodgers and 668th of his career

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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Albert Pujols, right, is congratulated by Will Smith after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday, May 20, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Albert Pujols hit a two-run homer, his first for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He sent an 0-1 pitch from Merrill Kelly to right field, with Josh Reddick jumping to the top of the wall in an attempt to make the catch.

Will Smith, who singled leading off, scored and Pujols was greeted by high-fives from his teammates in the dugout as the Dodgers led 2-0. I

t was Pujols’ 668th career home run, most among active players and fifth all-time. The hit was his 3,256th, breaking a tie with Eddie Murray for 13th on the all-time list.

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