Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry.
The Los Angeles Angels' first baseman hit a pair of shots off Washington Nationals righthander Taylor Jordan on Tuesday night - a three-run homer in the first inning and a two-run drive in the fifth - to become the 26th player in major-league history to reach the milestone.
Pujols is the first player to collect his 499th and 500th homers in the same game, according to STATS. About three months past his 34th birthday, he's also the third-youngest to get to 500; Alex Rodriguez and Jimmie Foxx were both 32.
On his 500th, Pujols clapped his hands before trotting home, then pointed both index fingers to the sky. As soon as he touched the plate, Pujols was greeted by his teammates.
Fans gave the three-time NL MVP a partial standing ovation, and he acknowledged them by tipping his red batting helmet as he approached the dugout. After heading down the steps, he came back out of the dugout for a curtain call.
Marlins and Braves pitchers punched out 28 batters, as Miami's Jose Fernandez combined with Steve Cishek on a 1-0 three-hitter over home-team Atlanta. Fernandez (3-1) matched his career high with 14 K's in eight innings, while Atlanta's Alex Wood (2-3), allowed four hits and one run with no walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts in eight innings.
Ellsbury's return. Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury received a mixed reception in his first game at Fenway Park as an opponent. Boos drowned out cheers when he stepped in as the first hitter, and he promptly tripled off the center field wall and a fan's glove. He scored on a Derek Jeter single en route to a 9-3 Yankee win.