Pujols posts 2,000th career RBI

Los Angeles (AFP) –


Albert Pujols recorded his 2,000th career RBI with a solo home run in the third inning of the Los Angeles Angels' game against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

Pujols is only the third player in Major League Baseball history to drive in 2,000 or more runs in his career, joining Alex Rodriguez (2,086) and Hank Aaron (2,297).

Tiger left-handed pitcher Ryan Carpenter threw Pujols a fastball which the Angels slugger blasted into the right-field seats during the visiting Angels' 13-0 win.

He received an ovation from the crowd at Detroit's Comerica Park. The feat was highlighted on the videoboard and mentioned by the public address announcer.

"He's one of the greatest hitters ever to walk the planet, without question," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "For about 10 years, he was the best."