Albert Pujols hits his 697th home run for the fans

On Sunday, Pujols scored a game-winning home run in the ninth inning and was greeted by Pirates fans.

Albert Pujols hit his 697th home run in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Pirates. After his homer placed him ahead of Alex Rodriguez, he made a kind gesture.

Matt and Samantha Brown met Pujols after the game, said Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat. Samantha's father's anniversary was game day.

When they handed the ball to Pujols, he declined, stating it would mean more to Samantha than to him. He signed two additional baseballs.

Back-to-back homers for Pujols this season. Since the break, his OPS is.866. His previous high was 2011 with St. Louis.

Pujols needs 21 games to reach 700 homers. Barry Bonds, Henry Aaron, and Babe Ruth (714). Aaron and Pujols have 700 homers and 3,000 hits.

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