Albert Pujols of the Cardinals becomes the fourth MLB player to reach 700 career home runs.

On Friday, Albert Pujols hit his 700th home run in the major leagues, a record only three other sluggers in baseball history have managed.

In the fourth inning against right-hander Phil Bickford of the Dodgers, Pujols hit his second home run of the game, marking the milestone.

Over the course of his 22 MLB seasons, a record 455 different pitchers have allowed Pujols to hit at least one round-tripper.

After overtaking Alex Rodriguez (696) for fourth place on the list of all-time home runs in just 12 days,

 Pujols now joins Barry Bonds (762), Henry Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714) in the 700-HR club.

When he returned to the dugout to appreciate the applause for his historic bomb, the 50,041-strong Dodger Stadium audience applauded him standing up.

Pujols' ascent to superstardom, which included three National League MVP awards and two World Series championships in his first 11 seasons,

 began in St. Louis, where he was a little-known 13th-round draught pick.