Pete Alonso ties Mets record with 41st home run

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Pete Alonso crushed a go-ahead three-run home run in the fifth inning of Saturday night’s game against the Braves. It marked his 41st home run of the season, tying the Mets’ single-season home run record held by Todd Hundley (1996) and Carlos Beltrán (2006).

The Mets are playing their 130th game of the season today, so Alonso has 32 more games with which he can add to his total. He’s currently on pace for 51 homers. Entering Sunday’s action, Alonso was batting .266/.369/.593 with 26 doubles, 100 RBI, and 77 runs scored along with the 41 dingers.

With the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. likely out for the remainder of the season due to a stress reaction in his lower back, the NL Rookie of the Year Award race seems to be between Alonso and the Braves’ Mike Soroka.

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).