Albert Pujols has hit 446 home runs in a career that is certain to end in the Hall of Fame. But it's unlikely many felt better than the one he hit in the fifth inning Sunday at Angel Stadium.

Because not only did the two-run shot account for the deciding runs in a 4-3 Angels win over the Toronto Blue Jays, silencing the boos from a fickle crowd of 37,548, but it was also Pujols' first home run as an Angel, ending a career-long drought at 27 games and 110 at-bats.

"It's a relief for him. And I'm pretty sure it's a relief for us," teammate Torii Hunter said of a slump that was threatening to consume Pujols and the Angels. "We don't have to hear about Albert having a goose egg any more. I'm happy that he got this lifted off him. Now he can go out there and just swing and have fun."