WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols hit his 400th home run Thursday night, becoming the 47th major league player to reach the milestone.
The St. Louis Cardinals slugger led off the fourth inning against the Washington Nationals by sending an 0-1 fastball from starter Jordan Zimmermann into the right-center seats.
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At 30 years, 222 days, Pujols became the third-youngest player to reach 400 homers. Alex Rodriguez hit No. 400 at 29 years, 316 days, and Ken Griffey Jr. reached the benchmark at 30 years, 141 days. Pujols' drive broke a three-way tie with Al Kaline and Andres Galarraga for 47th place on baseball's career list.
As soon as he completed his swing, Pujols stood and admired the shot. He was mobbed by teammates when he returned to the dugout after cutting the Nationals' lead to 3-2.