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Video: Max Scherzer gets Curtis Granderson to complete his no-hitter


Nationals starter Max Scherzer would have preferred to strike out Mets outfielder Curtis Granderson to polish off his second no-hitter of the season, but instead he induced a weak pop-up. He had struck out the previous nine batters he had faced and finished with 17 punch-outs.

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Scherzer finished with a 104 game score. By this measure, it’s the best pitching performance since Kerry Wood struck out 20 in a complete game one-hitter against the Astros in 1998. Scherzer and Wood’s performances are the only game scores of 104 or better achieved without pitching extra innings.

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).