ANAHEIM, Calif. – Shohei Ohtani went deep twice to hit 30 home runs on the season and then scored the winning run on a two-out single by Jared Walsh in the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Angels an 8-7 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore Orioles Friday night.
Ohtani walked Paul Fry (2-3) with one out in the ninth inning. After Anthony Rendon was caught looking for the second out, Ohtani stole the second with Walsh for his 12th stolen base of the season. Ohtani then scored on a Walsh single to right field, sliding to home plate and beating Pedro Severino’s tag at home.
The two-way Japanese sensation is the first player in American League history to hit 30 home runs and at least 10 stolen bases in the team’s first 81 games of the season according to Statistics. The only NL players to do so are Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa (1998) and Albert Pujols (2009 with St. Louis).
Ohtani, who was named to the All-Star Game for the first time Thursday and was selected as the American League Player of the Month for June the previous Friday, shows no signs of slowing down. He has 13 home runs in the last 15 games.
It is also the 22nd time a player has hit the 30-homer mark in the 81-game mark in a team’s season. Pujols was the last to do so in 2009 with St. Louis. The last time it happened in the American League was José Canseco with Tampa Bay in 1999.
Ohtani’s solo shot to right field on the first pitch of the third inning was No. 29 and set an Angels’ record for most home runs before the All-Star Game. When he hit a two-run series on a 2-1 sinker by Dillon Tate in the fourth inning to put Los Angeles up 7-6, he surpassed Babe Ruth’s 1919 mark of most crew back and forth by batter with at least 10 games pitched. a season.
Rendón had three hits, while José Iglesias homered and drove in a pair of runs for the Angels, who have won two in a row and four of their last five. Raisel Iglesias (5-3) pitched 1 2/3 innings and helped anchor a Los Angeles bullpen that allowed just one run in 6 1/3 innings after starter Griffin Canning struggled.
Trey Mancini and Domingo Leyba homered while Anthony Santander drove in three runs for the Orioles, who had a three-game winning streak interrupted.
Baltimore jumped to a 2-0 lead on two-out solo shots in the first and second innings by Mancini and Leyba before the Angels tied the game in the second when Iglesias drove two runs to left field.
The Orioles scored four in the third to chase Canning up 6-2. Austin Hays and Mancini reached singles before Ryan Mountcastle walked to load the bases. Santander followed up with a three-run double to the right-field wall and scored on a Severino double to left field.
Los Angeles approached 6-4 in the third on a single shot by Ohtani and an RBI single by Max Stassi before taking the lead in the fourth. David Fletcher’s base RBI hit put the Angels within one run before Ohtani gave them the lead with a two-run drive to the left.
A Hayes double between left and center field in the sixth scored Cedric Mullins to even him at 7.
Keegan Akin and Canning from Baltimore had already left when this game was decided.
Akin went three innings, marking the first time in seven starts that the left-hander has missed the fourth inning. Akin allowed four runs and seven hits, struck out three and walked.
Canning is the Angels’ second straight starter in less than three innings. The right-hander was in only 2 2/3 innings and was charged with six runs, six hits and two walks.
Orioles: RHP Hunter Harvey was placed on the disabled list after suffering a right lateral strain on June 30. Manager Brandon Hyde said the best case scenario is for Harvey to miss a month. … 3B Maikel Franco (sprained right ankle) was out of the lineup but did some rehabilitation work before the game.
Angels: OF Justin Upton (right lumbar strain) continues to improve. He will be re-evaluated on Saturday and, if all is well, could be activated before the end of the series on Sunday.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Angels RHP Alex Cobb (5-3, 5.09 ERA) faces his former team. Cobb pitched for the Orioles from 2018-20 before Los Angeles acquired him in a trade before the start of spring training. He will be opposed by Baltimore RHP Jorge Lopez (2-10, 5.92 ERA), who has lost four of his last five starts.