ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) —Albert Pujolshad two hits and three RBIs Wednesday and set the major league record for career hits by a foreign-born player, leading theLos Angeles Angelsto a 7-4 victory over thePittsburgh Pirates.
Pujols had an RBI single in the 4th inning. His 3,167th hit moved him past fellow Dominican Republic native Adrian Beltre (3,166) and into sole possession of 15th place for career hits.
Chris Archer(3-9) allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings, and his streak of starts without a win reached 12 games. It is the longest such span in Archer’s eight-year career.
The Angels scored four runs in the fourth inning to erase a two-run deficit. Los Angeles moved in front on Rengifo’s double to left field. The Pirates’Bryan Reynoldsoverran the ball when it dropped in, and it bounced all the way to warning track. Rengifo kept running, rounding third and sliding headfirst into home to give the Angels a two-run lead.
The 39-year-old Pujols drove in Los Angeles’ first run with his record-setting single.David Fletcherfollowed with an RBI double that tied the game at 2-all.
Pittsburgh pulled within 4-3 in the seventh inning. Diaz scored from third whenErik Gonzalezhit into a double play.
Pujols put the Angels ahead 6-3 with a two-run single in the eighth inning. Rengifo drove in Pujols to make it 7-3.
Diaz had an RBI single in the ninth inning for the final margin of victory.
The Pirates jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Peters loaded the bases with no outs with a walk and hitting two batters.Josh Bellhit into a double play that scoredKevin Newman, and Cabrera had an RBI single to right that made it 2-0.
The Pirates’ last series sweep came June 21-23 against San Diego, and they have not won every game in a road series since May 17-19 at the Padres. They have swept two road series this season, the other coming when they took two games at Detroit on April 15-16.
Angels: RHP Noé Ramirez (viral infection) was recalled from the injured list Wednesday and served the first game of a three-game suspension for hitting Astros OF Jake Marsinick with a pitch on July 16.
Pirates: RHPJoe Musgrove(8-11, 4.71 ERA) will start in the opener of a three-game series against the Cubs at home on Friday. Musgrove is 0-1 in two starts against the Cubs this season, but has not allowed an earned run in 9 1/3 innings.
Angels: LHPAndrew Heaney(1-3, 4.89) gets the nod in the first game of a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday. Heaney is 1-2 with a 5.13 ERA in five home starts this season.