It took them nearly up until the All-Star break, but Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton finally went back-to-back.

The Angels sluggers connected in the fifth inning of a 13-2 rout of the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night - the first time Pujols and Hamilton homered in consecutive at-bats this season.

After the game, Hamilton seemed a bit confused when asked for his reaction to the back-to-back homers.

"Oh, I hit the solo after he hit his?" Hamilton said sarcastically before pausing. "Oh, that was awesome, man. We don't think about stuff like that."

Actually, not thinking about too much has served Hamilton well over the last couple of weeks as he looks to rebound from a rough start in his first season with the Angels. Hamilton had two homers - his first multihomer game with the Angels - and five RBIs to lead an offense that hit five homers in all.

His numbers (14 homers, 39 RBIs, .229 average) still aren't close to what is expected from him approaching the All-Star break, but they are improving.

"I'm sort of just getting back to doing what you do and quit worrying about listening to everybody," he said. "Listen to the guys here I really care about, the coaches and the players, and go from there."

The same could be said of the Angels' entire lineup, which has been mostly responsible for the team winning 11 of 14 games to improve to 44-46.