Pujols walks the walk, joins Ortiz as active leader in walk-off hits

Albert Pujols’ single in Thursday’s the ninth inning that gave the Angels their first victory of the season tied him with David Ortiz of the Red Sox with 19 walk-off hits since 2000, the most among active players. Pujols said he knows what to look for in such situations having experienced the scenario so many times in his 15-year career.

Thursday marked Pujols’ fifth walk-off hit in five seasons with the Angels and the second time he has produced a game-winning hit after Mike Trout was intentionally walked in front of him. He would have been credited with a double for the ball he hit in the left-center field gap had he not needed just a single to win the game.

Last season the Angels won 23 games on the last at-bat, tying the Cubs for the most such victories in baseball in 2015.

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