WASHINGTON (AP) 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 (AP) – Jose Fernandez matched his career high with 14 strikeouts in eight innings and combined with Steve Cishek on a three-hitter as the Marlins shut out the 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.
CARDINALS 3, METS 0
NEW YORK (AP) – Adam Wainwright threw seven neat innings before leaving with a knee injury, and Jon Jay hit a two-run single that sent the Cardinals to a victory over the 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.
PHILLIES 3, DODGERS 2, 10 innings
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Domonic Brown doubled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning after a costly error by left fielder Carl Crawford, and the Phillies beat the Dodgers.
Carlos Ruiz reached second base when his flyball to short left field glanced off Crawford’s glove as shortstop Hanley Ramirez nearly collided with the left fielder. Brown followed with a drive to the fence in left-center on a 1-1 pitch from J.P. Howell (1-2).
Antonio Bastardo (3-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the victory and Jonathan Papelbon got three outs for his sixth save, putting him within eight of 300.
REDS 4, PIRATES 1
PITTSBURGH (AP) – 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.
CUBS 9, DIAMONDBACKS 2
CHICAGO (AP) – Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a victory over the Diamondbacks.
Hammel (3-1) allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60.
Olt still is batting below .200 for the season (.195), but has four homers and nine runs batted in.
The Cubs, who’ve won three of four, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They last won consecutive games on Sept. 9 and 10 of last season against the Cincinnati Reds. Their last consecutive home wins came on Sept. 4 and 6 against Miami and Milwaukee.
Brandon McCarthy (0-4) managed to lower his ERA from 7.11 to 6.23. He allowed five runs – one earned – and seven hits in five innings.
PADRES 2, BREWERS 1, 12 innings
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Chase Headley homered in the top of the 12th inning and San Diego relievers tossed six shutout innings in the Padres’ win over the Brewers.
Huston Street retired the side in order in the bottom of the 12th for his seventh save after Donn Roach (1-0) allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings.
Headley’s homer to center off a 1-0 fastball from Alfredo Figaro (0-1) was one of the few mistakes from the mound among teams with two of the best staff ERAs in baseball. Padres starter Ian Kennedy labored through six innings while Brewers counterpart Yovani Gallardo went seven strong innings before the bullpens took over.
The Padres’ bullpen allowed three hits and struck out eight to snap Milwaukee’s four-game winning streak.
ROCKIES 2, GIANTS 1
DENVER (AP) – Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer leading off the fifth and Franklin Morales outdueled Madison Bumgarner, lifting the Rockies to a win over the Giants.
Troy Tulowitzki also added a solo shot for the Rockies, who have hit seven homers in two nights against the Giants.
Morales (2-1) was masterful on the mound as he allowed five hits over seven innings, which matches the longest outing of his career. The left-hander’s only mistake was a hanging slider to Hunter Pence in the fifth. It was Pence’s second homer of the season.
LaTroy Hawkins got the final two outs in a rocky ninth for his sixth save in as many chances.