Elvis Andrus

Angels get the power they need in victory over Rangers 6-3

Angels get the power they need in victory over Rangers 6-3

By the time he approached the plate with two men on in a tied eighth inning Friday night at Globe Life Park, Albert Pujols had seen several breaking balls and made solid contact with none of them, striking out twice and weakly popping out once.

So, when Jeremy Jeffress flipped in a first-pitch knuckle curve, Pujols’ ferocious swing said it all. The ball met his barrel and soared into the humid Texas night, some 436 feet. The 594th home run of his still-unfurling career supplied the Angels a 6-3 victory, their fifth consecutive win in this still-nascent season.

“Albert’s gonna be Albert,” Mike Trout said. “In big situations, he comes up clutch. His first few at-bats, he was...

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