Watch Albert Pujols hit home run 697, passing Alex Rodriguez for sole possession of fourth place all time | Cardinal Beat

Cardinals rally for 4 runs to win 4-3 at PNC, with O’Neill additionally homering. Rookie Alec Burleson will get his first big-league hit.

With the sport on the road within the ninth inning Sunday afternoon at PNC Park, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols continued his magical closing season, hitting his 697th profession home run. That swing launched him previous Alex Rodriguez for sole possession of fourth place all time on the all-time home run checklist.

Pujols jumped the third pitch he noticed from Pirates nearer Chase De Jong and despatched it to the deepest half of the ballpark, the place it was simply in a position to sneak over the middle area wall and provides the Cardinals a 3-2 lead. They would win the sport, 4-3, and declare the collection with two come-from-behind wins.

The home run in the end landed 403 toes from home plate, launching off the bat at 101.1 mph.

PNC Park has been a traditionally pleasant ballpark to Pujols, who has now tallied 34 homers on the Pirates home grounds, greater than any energetic Pirates’ participant.

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Pujols had been on a tear of late, hitting 12 of his 18 home runs this season because the All-Star break. But his streak of success has not been unique to only home runs, posting his greatest OPS since leaving the Cardinals 10 years in the past.

The home runs he has been hitting haven’t been empty energy both, as they’re game-winning or game-tying home runs in back-to-back video games.

Pujols will now attempt to do what as soon as appeared unattainable, attain the 700 home run plateau that now sits simply 4 homers away. Only three gamers have ever reached that mark: Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), and Babe Ruth (714).

Including postseason home runs, Pujols has 716 profession home runs.

Quick hits: Pujols hits the 697th homer to lift the Cardinals past the Pirates in the 9th inning

Cardinals rally for 4 runs to win 4-3 at PNC, with O’Neill additionally homering. Rookie Alec Burleson will get his first big-league hit.

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