Ohtani homers again, takes Angels 4-1 lead of AK

Oakland, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Shohei Ohtani held home for the second game in a row, helping the Los Angeles Angels win 5-1 over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

A day after becoming the third Japanese player to reach 100 homers in the major leagues, Ohtani achieved number 101. His eighth homer this season was a 425-foot drive deep into right-field, which was different from a first-innings sinker. Frankie Montas. Mike Trout, who singled ahead of Ohtani, scored.

Patrick Sandoval entered the sixth inning and was back on track after a pair of rocky outings to help the Angels (24–13) move up 11 games from .500 for the first time since July 28, 2015.

Sandoval (2-1) allowed one run and four hits, bringing his ERA to 1.91. The left-hander crossed the season-high four walks and got out of a jam in the first three innings when four A’s runners got stuck in the scoring position.

Sandoval has scored three or fewer runs in all his six matches this season.

Jimmy Hargate retired eight batsmen to complete a five-hitter and save his first career.

Anthony Rendon had two hits and an RBI. Taylor Ward also got two hits.

When Ohtani intentionally went after Ward’s leadoff triple in the third two at-bats, the crowd at the Coliseum – many of them wearing Ohtani jerseys and other Angels gear – shouted loudly.

A gets a run in third on Shaun Murphy’s grounder.

Montas (2-4) was quicker after the first. He made a season-high 12 strikeouts in six innings and conceded four hits and two runs, but did not win since April 18.

the day behind the dish

Plate umpire Marty Foster left the game after being hit in a facemask for the second time. Foster was hit by a foul ball from Kevin Smith in the sixth inning and fell to the ground before A’s assistant athletic trainer Brian Schulman helped him to his feet.

Foster remained in the game, but Zach Jackson in the top of the seventh Oakland reliever threw a low pitch that bounced off and struck Foster again. Second base umpire Scott Barry replaced Foster behind the plate.

back to the basics

A was credited with three sacrificial bunts, an example of first-year Oakland manager Mark Coatsey’s philosophy of the small ball. A has done so in a game for the first time since 2013.

instructor room

Angels: IF Luis Rengifo (elbow injury) was ruled out after hitting the pitch in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Athletics: 2B Tony Kemp remains in the game after suffering a rib injury from a pitch at Sandoval from first. … 3B Sheldon News was rested for the first time this season. Neuse had started the last 33 games.

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Angels: RHP Noah Syndergaard (3-1, 2.45 ERA) starts against the Rangers in Texas on Monday. Syndergaard beat Rangers in April and scored two runs or less in four of their five overall this season.

Athletics: LHP Kyle Log (1-1, 1.35) will face the Twins for the second time in two weeks in the first match of a three-match series on Monday. Log has scored two earned runs in 12 innings since being recalled from the minors on May 6.

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