WASHINGTON – Albert Pujols became the 26th player and third-youngest to hit his 500th home run when he connected for his second of Tuesday's game against the Washington Nationals.
Pujols' 500th, hit off the Nationals' Taylor Jordan, went into the seats in left-center field at Nationals Park and gave the Los Angeles Angels a 6-2 lead.
Only Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx got to 500 sooner than Pujols, who is 34 years and 96 days old. Rodriguez was 32 years, 8 days when he got to 500 in 2007. Foxx was 32 years, 338 days when he got there in 1940.
Pujols' homers were his seventh and eighth this season to give him the major league lead a season after he hit a career-low 17.
He hit No. 499 to stake the Angels to a 3-0 lead three batters into the game against Jordan, a line drive just inside the left-field foul pole.