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Francisco Lindor homered from both sides of the plate

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The Blue Jays and Indians played a wild one on Thursday afternoon, taking a 9-9 game into extra innings. Four of the Indians’ runs came on two home runs from shortstop Francisco Lindor, who accomplished the feat of homering from both sides of the plate.

Lindor’s first homer was a go-ahead three-run shot from the right side to the opposite field off of Jaime Garcia in the fourth inning.

Lindor’s second homer, a solo shot, came from the left side off of Ryan Tepera in the bottom of the eighth.

Lindor is the first player to homer from both sides of the plate since teammate Jose Ramirez accomplished the feat on September 3 last year. It happened 10 times last year. Six were done by Indians batters: Lindor, Jose Ramirez (three times), and Carlos Santana (twice).

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).