St.Louis Cardinals great Albert Pujols is not finished adding to his already incredible legacy.
One week after becoming the fourth player in baseball history to hit 700 home runs in a careerPujols hit home run No. 701 in front of his home crowd at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri.
Pujols’ 701st home run came in the bottom of the fourth inning on a 1-2 pitch from Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Johan Oveido in the final regular season homestand of Pujols’ career.
Pujols came off the Cardinals dugout for a curtain call, flashing his cap to the fans who have supported him for so many years.
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“It’s amazing to come back here, because I knew it was going to be this way,” Pujols said, according to MLB.com. “It’s great to be welcomed by the fans like this. This is what I’ve been getting all year, but tonight was extra special after hitting the 700 milestone.”
“It was a great night in general, a night that I shared with my teammates, my family who were in the stands and obviously we came out with a great victory.”
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While the next two games will be the last two games of the regular season in house of cardinalsSt. Louis will still have a chance to see Pujols in the postseason.
The Cardinals have clinched the top spot in the National League Central Division.
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“Hopefully, my last match will be in November in the World SeriesPujols said Friday. “So, I don’t think about [this final regular-season series] how that. I hope we have many games left.”
Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty pitched four-hit ball in six innings, allowing just one earned run in a 2-1 win.
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“I’m getting more into a rhythm the more times [I] Get out there. We’re still running pitches and it feels great,” Flaherty said.
The Cardinals have two more games with the Pirates at home before traveling to Pittsburgh for the final three-game series of the regular season.
Associated Press contributed to this report