Major League Baseball players pay tribute to Albert Pujols after his 3000th hit

Fans applaud after Los Angeles Angels Albert Pujols singled for his 3,000th career hit against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday

Pujols reached the milestone in the fifth inning when he singled to right field.

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani waves while standing at second after hitting an RBI double against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 4, 2018, in Seattle.

Later on that game, he got another hit, allowing him to pass Roberto Clemente for 31st on baseball's career hist list.

Pujols' trek to 3,000 hits has slowed in recent seasons, but his first 10 seasons with the Cardinals were one of the greatest decades ever for a batter, as he hit.331 while averaging 41 home runs, 123 RBIs and 190 hits. Sitting here today, Pujols has gathered nearly 3,000 career hits. He's the first player to reach 3,000 hits since Adrian Beltre previous year against Baltimore.

Pujols now sits at 3,000 and Miguel Cabrera (2,666) and Robinson Cano (2,408) round out the top five. He's the first player to reach the mark since Adrian Beltre past year against Baltimore. That's not unusual for members of the 3,000-hit club, but he's avoided that while hitting for power and playing in the highest-strikeout era in major league history. The Mariners believed they had a shot at landing the Japanese star last off-season, only to see him choose a division rival.

"I was really excited, but at the same time you still have a game you need to play and you still need to focus to win that game, " Pujols said.

Over the last seven seasons in Los Angeles, Pujols has collected 927 hits, including 175 homers.

Leake (3-3) lost for the third time in four starts. Pujols dumped the single into shallow right field on his sixth attempt to reach the mark after getting to 2,999.

All signs are that Ohtani will return the mound for the Angels on Sunday.

Saturday: The series resumes at 9:10 p.m. Left-hander Marco Gonzales (3-2, 5.02) will start for the Mariners.

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