Video: Mike Trout makes a ridiculous slide to beat the tag at third base

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If Mike Trout was starting to bore you with all of his home runs and homer-stealing catches, the defending AL Most Valuable Player gave you another reason to admire his athletic prowess in Friday night’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

In the top of the fifth inning, Trout hit an RBI single to shallow left field past a diving Brock Holt to tie the game at 3-3. He moved to second base on an Albert Pujols ground out, then attempted to steal third base. The throw from catcher Blake Swihart appeared to be good enough to nab Trout, but he made an unbelievable slide to avoid the tag from Holt. Diving head-first, Trout tucked his left arm (the arm closest to Holt) back, while reaching with his other hand for the corner of the third base bag around and behind Holt’s left foot. Trout’s momentum took him past the bag, so he deftly turned on his back, hooked his right foot on the base, and stayed on the bag to continue avoiding the tag.

Trout was initially ruled out by third base umpire John Tumpane. Trout immediately shouted to the Angels’ dugout to challenge the ruling, and so manager Mike Scioscia did. Trout was ultimately ruled safe after review, and the Angels went on to put up a nine-spot against the Red Sox in the fifth inning.

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The stolen base is Trout’s eighth of the season in 10 attempts. He entered Friday’s action batting .295/.394/.564 with 11 home runs and 22 RBI.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).