Shohei Ohtani pitched six innings for his first victory in five starts and tied Pete Alonso for the MLB lead in home runs with his 22nd homer as the Los Angeles Angels beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 5-3 on Thursday night.
Ohtani (6-2) had already thrown the last of his 99 pitches before Mickey Moniak’s tying homer leading off the top of the seventh against Nathan Eovaldi (9-3), who lost in his bid to become only the second 10-game winner in the majors this season.
Still in the game as the designated hitter, Ohtani hit a two-run homer in the eighth. It was a 443-foot opposite-field blast that landed in the second deck in left-center field. His 10th homer over the past 16 games, and the second pitching start in a row when he also went deep, matched Pete Alonso for the big league lead and extended his hitting streak to 12 games.
The Angels (39-32) won three of four in Texas, and have won nine of their last 11 overall. They are still 4 1/2 games behind the Rangers (42-26), who have dropped six of eight.
After Angels reliever Carlos Estevez walked the bases loaded to start the ninth, Jacob Webb got his first save. He got two outs, then had a bases-loaded walk before striking out slugger Adolis Garcia to end it.
Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani watches his two-run home run in the eighth inning
Ohtani’s homer came soon after Rangers second baseman Marcus Semien, pitching coach Mike Maddux and manager Bruce Bochy were all ejected by first base umpire Ramon De Jesus.
In the bottom of the seventh, with the Rangers down 3-2 and a runner at third base with one out, Semien thought he had drawn a walk. He was heading toward first base after the full-count pitch when De Jesus instead signaled he had not held up his swing.
Semien took a long walk to the dugout, even pointing at his eyes while glaring toward the umpire. Play continued when Corey Seager was intentionally walked before Nathaniel Lowe’s inning-ending groundout.
When Semien went out on the field for the eighth, he stopped and had a brief discussion with De Jesus, Juventus Tröja who ejected him. Maddux then ran out of the dugout to get in between them and was also thrown out before Bochy followed — and was also ejected.
In the series opener Monday, De Jesus ejected Angels infielder Brandon Drury after he got into the umpire’s face to argue a called third strike. He was suspended by MLB for one game for making slight contact with De Jesus, and was sitting out Thursday’s game to satisfy that suspension.
Ohtani struck out three and walked one, allowing six hits and two runs — in a three-batter stretch with two outs in the third when Lowe and Garcia had back-to-back doubles before Jonah Heim’s RBI single.
Eovaldi struck out nine and walked two over seven innings. He allowed three runs on five hits.
Chad Wallach hit a solo homer in the second for the Angels. Moniak got them even with an RBI single in the fourth.
The Angels had the bases loaded in the first before Gio Urshela grounded into a double play. Urshela, who was out of the starting lineup the past four games because of back soreness, was tended to by a trainer for several minutes after he stumbled and fell while trying to beat out the inning-ending play.
Urshela initially stayed in to play first base in the bottom of the first, but Jared Walsh replaced him in the field an inning later.
Walsh ended an 0-for-25 skid at the plate with a double in the fourth before scoring on Moniak’s single.
Ohtani runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run that flew 443 feet in distance
PHILLIES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 4
Bryson Stott hit his second homer in three games, Aaron Nola threw 6 2/3 effective innings as the Philadelphia Phillies moved over .500 for the first time in more than a month, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4.
The defending National League champion Phillies have won 10 of 12 to improve to 35-34, jumping above .500 for the first time since May 13. They took three of four games from the NL West-leading Diamondbacks.
Nola (6-5) was terrific outside of a four-run third. The veteran right-hander gave up four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out nine. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 10th save despite three pitch-clock violations.
Ketel Marte homered for Arizona. Ryne Nelson (2-4) was the loser.
Philadelphia Phillies’ Bryson Stott celebrates his home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks
ORIOLES 4, BLUE JAYS 2
Adley Rutschman and Austin Hays homered, Anthony Santander singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning as Baltimore beat Toronto behind a strong pitching performance by Tyler Wells.
Rutchman went 3 for 4 to help the Orioles overcome a pair of homers by Toronto´s Danny Jansen. Baltimore has won six of seven and has the second-best record in the majors (43-25).
Wells (6-2) allowed two runs and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander struck out eight and walked one in winning his third straight start.
Yennier Cano got the next three outs, and Felix Bautista struck out Matt Chapman with two on and two outs in the eighth inning before working a perfect ninth for his 18th save. Yimi García (1-3) was the loser.
Baltimore Orioles’ Adley Rutschman follows through on a swing against the Toronto Blue Jays
BRAVES 8, ROCKIES 3
Ozzie Albies had three hits and three RBIs and Atlanta beat Colorado to give 20-year-old AJ Smith-Shawver his first major league victory.
Smith-Shawver (1-0) gave up three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings in his second start. The rookie struck out six, walked one and allowed two solo homers.
Matt Olson hit his team-leading 19th home run for Atlanta. The Braves have won nine of 11. Michael Tonkin struck out six in 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Kyle Freeland (4-8) gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. Elias Díaz and Ezequiel Tovar homered for Colorado.
Ozzie Albies of Atlanta hits a single in the fourth inning during the game vs Colorado Rockies
RAYS 4, ATHLETICS 3
Luke Raley hit a go-ahead solo homer with one out in the eighth, Manuel Margot connected earlier as Tampa Bay beat Oakland.
Rays rookie Taj Bradley struck out the first six A’s batters in order and a career-high 11 in all, surrendering Seth Brown´s tying two-run single in the fifth.
The A´s loaded the bases against former Oakland pitcher Jake Diekman in the seventh. Seth Brown hit a hard grounder that second baseman Taylor Walls fielded and fired home to save a run then catcher Francisco Mejía threw to first for the inning-ending double play.
Robert Stephenson (1-0) came in for Diekman to get the final out of the seventh. Right-hander Pete Fairbanks returned from the 15-day injured list with inflammation in his left hip and finished for his sixth save.
Rays’ Taylor Walls hits an RBI-double against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning
TIGERS 8, TWINS 4
Javier Baez and Spencer Torkelson each had two hits and drove in two runs to help Detroit beat Minnesota for its second victory in 13 games.
Matt Vierling was 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI for the Tigers. Matthew Boyd (4-5) survived a four-run second inning for the victory. He walked one and struck out eight over six innings.
Donovan Solano homered for the Twins, who had won four of their previous five. Jovani Moran (0-2) was the loser.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Sonny Gray throws during the first inning vs. the Tigers
CUBS 7, PIRATES 2
Ian Happ and Christopher Morel each had three hits and two RBIs and Chicago used a five-run fifth inning to rally for a home victory over Pittsburgh that completed a three-game sweep.
Chicago’s Marcus Stroman (8-4) allowed two runs over six innings to win his sixth straight start. Nico Hoerner had two hits and two runs, and Cody Bellinger returned from missing a month with a left knee contusion to drive home the tiebreaking run in the fifth for the Cubs.
Jason Delay had two hits for the Pirates, who have dropped six of eight. Pittsburgh starter Johan Oviedo (3-6) was charged with four runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
NATIONALS 4, ASTROS 1, 10 INNINGS
Lane Thomas and Keibert Ruiz each had RBI singles in a three-run 10th inning to lift Washington past Houston.
Ruiz homered off closer Ryan Pressly leading off the ninth to break a scoreless tie, but pinch-hitter Yainer Diaz tied it in the bottom half with a two-out RBI single against Hunter Harvey (3-3).
Thomas gave Washington a 2-1 lead with a one-out single off Phil Maton (0-2) in the 10th. Luis García singled and Jeimer Candelario was hit by a pitch before Corey Dickerson drew a bases-loaded walk. Ruiz hit a blooper for his RBI single.
Carl Edwards Jr. threw a scoreless inning for his second save.
Nationals 3B Jeimer Candelario and teammates celebrate the win against the Houston Astros
GUARDIANS 8, PADRES 6
David Fry hit a three-run shot for his first major league homer, Jose Ramirez had three hits and two RBI, and the Cleveland Guardians beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Thursday.
Josh Naylor had a two-run single and Fry also doubled as the Guardians rapped out 14 hits. Ramirez reached base four times with a double, two singles and a walk. Amed Rosario had three hits as well.
Manny Machado launched a three-run homer in the first inning, but the Padres were unable to overcome an early 5-0 deficit. San Diego, which had won five of six, was looking for its first three-game sweep this season.
Cleveland Guardians C David Fry slides home to score a run against the San Diego Padres
DODGERS 5, WHITE SOX 4 (11 innings)
Freddie Freeman drilled the decisive single with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning to give Los Angeles a victory over visiting Chicago.
The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor belted a tying grand slam in the sixth inning for his 100th career homer. The White Sox got two sets of back-to-back solo homers, from Luis Robert Jr. and Eloy Jimenez in the first inning and from Jake Burger and Andrew Vaughn in the fourth.
Caleb Ferguson (4-3) pitched a scoreless 11th for the win. Garrett Crochet (0-1) took the loss.
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