Pujols closes in on his 3,000th hit

Anaheim, California: Albert Pujols had a two-run double for his 2,999th career hit, and Luis Valbuena and Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs apiece in the Los Angeles Angels’ 12-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

Pujols did not get a hit in his final three plate appearances after moving to the brink of the 3,000-hit club in the second inning. He gets another chance on Friday in Seattle.

Angels rookie right-hander Jaime Barria (2-1) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning of his third career start, finishing with six innings of four-hit ball.

Manny Machado drove in two runs for the last-place Orioles, who have lost 15 of 18. Chris Tillman (1-5) recorded just three outs and was charged with seven runs.

Dee Gordon had a big night on the bases, Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer and the Mariners won their first game since 4-1 Ichiro Suzuki was moved from the roster to the front office.

Hours after the Mariners announced Suzuki’s new role for the rest of 2018, Gordon gave the longtime Japanese star a fitting tribute. With “Thanks 51” written on his cap, Gordon went 3 for 4, stole two bases and scored twice.

In Houston, Aroldis Chapman struck out AL MVP Jose Altuve on three straight 101 mph fastballs with two on to end the game, and the Yankees got a key hit from rookie Gleyber Torres during a three-run rally in the ninth inning to win 6-5.

The Yankees won a wild one to take three of four from the team that beat them in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last October.

New York took a 3-0 lead into the seventh, trailed 5-3 going into the ninth and let a bounced third strike give the Astros their final chance.

Evan Gattis fanned but reached on Chapman’s two-out wild pitch, and George Springer followed with a single. Altuve went down swinging, giving Chapman his seventh save. Chasen Shreve (1-0) got the last two outs of the eighth for the win. Will Harris (1-2) got the loss. 

Results

(Home team in CAPS)

WASHINGTON 3 Pittsburgh 1

Toronto 13 CLEVELAND 11

Atlanta 11 NY METS 0

NY Yankees 6 HOUSTON 5

KANSAS CITY 10 Detroit 6

LA Dodgers 5 ARIZONA 2

CLEVELAND 13 Toronto 4

TEXAS 11 Boston 5

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 6 Minnesota 5

LA ANGELS 12 Baltimore 3

SEATTLE 4 Oakland 1