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Kendrys Morales blasted three homers and tripled against the Tigers


Royals DH Kendrys Morales hit three home runs, tripled, and walked in five plate appearances in Sunday’s 10-3 win against the Tigers. He set a team record with 15 total bases. George Brett held the previous Royals record of 14 total bases, achieved during a 16-inning game in 1979.

Morales homered in the third, fourth and eighth innings, becoming the first Kansas City player to go deep three times in a game since Danny Tartabull against Oakland on July 6, 1991.

Morales also walked and scored in the first inning, then hit a triple in the sixth and scored. He’s the sixth player this season to score five runs in a game, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Jackie Bradley, Jr., Travis Shaw, Brett Gardner, and Josh Donaldson. He’s the first Royal to score five runs in a game since Angel Berroa and Joe Randa (six runs) in September 2004.

Morales became the second player with 15 total bases in a game this season. Cespedes accomplished the feat on August 21 versus the Rockies.

Angels’ Pujols passes Mays for 5th on homer list with No. 661

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols passed Willie Mays for fifth place on the career home run list, hitting No. 661 on Friday night against Texas.

The 40-year-old Pujols connected for a solo homer with two outs in the fifth inning. He sent Wes Benjamin‘s fastball on a 1-2 count over the wall in left field.

Pujols has hit five homers this season. He tied Mays last Sunday at Colorado.

It is only Pujols’ second home run since Aug. 4. He now trails only Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696).

Pujols has one more season left on his contract with the Angels after this year.

Benjamin was the 428th different pitcher Pujols homered against in his career. Only Bonds has homered against more pitchers (449).