Anaheim, CA (Sports Network) - Albert Pujols' go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning proved to be the difference-maker in the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs in the opener of a brief two-game interleague series at Angel Stadium.
Howie Kendrick drove in one run, while Pujols also provided a sacrifice fly for the Angels, who entered the game after being swept in a four-game series by the lowly Houston Astros.
Robert Coello (2-1) earned the win after tossing a scoreless eighth inning.
Pujols, who last homered on May 23, went deep off Carlos Villanueva (1-4), who was charged with the loss. Ryan Sweeney, Nate Schierholtz and Alfonso Soriano all drove in one run apiece for the Cubs, losers of three straight.