8/8/21 LOS ANGELES, CA - Albert Pujols helped his new team beat his old team, the Los Angeles Angels, with a 418 foot two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning. The pinch-hit home run propelled the Dodgers to an 8-2 win over the Angels Sunday at Dodger Stadium.
"It's not the first home run I've hit against the Angels," Pujols said. "To me, I'm just glad to be able to contribute to the ballclub and help win the series. I didn't put too much thought into it. It can be looked at a different way since it's a former team, but I don't look at it like that."
Starting pitcher Walker Buehler (12-2) got all the run support he needed as he only allowed one run with eight strikeouts and four walks in six innings of work.
"I think maybe getting a little bit better not trying to bully my way out of stuff," Buehler said. "I don't know. Combination of our catchers putting down the right fingers, defense playing well, and it is what it is. I think I've gotten lucky at a lot of points, but I'm trying to make good pitches when it counts."
Trea Turner hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the first inning. Turner scored on Max Muncy's single to center field. Justin Turner grounded into a fielder's choice, Muncy scored to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
The Dodgers extended their lead in the bottom of the second inning on AJ Pollock's RBI single and Pujols' home run. Phil Gosselin got the Angels on the board with an RBI double to left field in the top of the third inning.
Billy McKinney hit a single to left field, and Pollock knocked him in with a single to left-center field to give the Dodgers a 6-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Cody Bellinger gave the Dodgers an 8-1 lead with a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
The Angels added a run in the top of the eighth inning that made the score 8-2 after Jo Adell hit an RBI double to left field, making the final score 8-2.
Right-hand pitcher Max Scherzer (9-4) will get his second start with the Dodgers on Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Angels will take on Toronto on Tuesday, and Chris Rodriguez (2-1) will start. #mlb #ladodgers #laangels #losangelesdodgers #losangelesangels #albertpujols #tgsportstv1