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Albert Pujols chose the perfect moment to score his 697th career homer, hitting the monumental blast in the ninth inning Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Pirates.

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Alex Rodriguez was moved to fourth place by the homer. The future Hall of Famer then made a graceful gesture that reflected the legendary reputation he has built over a 22-year career. 

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Sunday's historic home run by Albert Pujols was the sixth of his career, surpassing Alex Rodriguez. 

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He also moved into fourth place all-time, behind Barry Bonds, Hank Aaron, and Babe Ruth. 

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The Machine blasted a fastball from Pirates reliever Chase De Jong to the plate and drove it to PNC Park's right-center field. 

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He is now just three short of No. 700, with 21 games remaining in the season. 

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Pujols' home run was captured by the camera, which remained on the bleachers for just enough time to capture a scrum to catch the historic ball.