"Albert is getting comfortable in the batter's box again," manager Mike Scioscia said. "He's had some good swings, he's just missed some pitches. This afternoon, he hit that ball as hard as a person could, to the wall, and that's a good sign."
In the eighth inning, Pujols drove a ball to the wall in left-center that would have given the Angels a 3-2 lead had it gone out, but it fell just short and was caught by a falling Brett Gardner.
"Tonight, we were that close," Scioscia said. "Albert, he killed that ball, it just didn't get up enough."
Pujols came into Sunday batting .248/.268/.431 with five homers and three walks over 112 plate appearances.
Avery Yang is a reporter for MLB.com based in Anaheim.