ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani tripled in his first two at-bats and the Los Angeles Angels defeated Seattle 14-1 Saturday night, ending the Mariners’ six-game winning streak and damaging their playoff chances.
Jhonathan Diaz pitched seven strong innings as a reliever and the Angels scored eight runs in the third while Seattle lost three games in the AL wild-card chase with seven to play.
Boston and New York are tied for the top of the wild-card standings, with Toronto two games behind in the race for two places.
Ohtani scored two runs and had three RBIs to bring his season total to 98. He tripled starter Tyler Anderson twice, then walked in his next two plate appearances. The two-way star has walked 13 times in the past four games, tying a major league record. The others who took 13 free passes in a span of four games were Babe Ruth (1930), Bryce Harper (2016) and Yasmani Grandal (2021).
Peter Bourjos was the last Angels player to hit consecutive triples on April 26, 2011 against Oakland.
Diaz (1-0) allowed just three hits and an earned run to earn his first major league win. He made 99 pitches.
“He came in and defined that game,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “Give Diaz a lot of credit. He saved the bullpen in the last few games. He pitched well. The last time he pitched, he got off to a bad start. (Saturday) settled down and kept throwing throughout the night. “
Jared Walsh was 4-of-5 with four RBIs for the Angels, and Brandon Marsh scored four times. Luis Rengifo hit a solo home run in the second inning.
Anderson (7-10), acquired by the Pittsburgh Mariners in July, got off to a rocky start. He allowed nine earned runs on nine hits over two innings.
“It seemed like every time he threw a pitch, they hit him,” Anderson said.
Angels starter Jaime Barria left after just 24 pitches and two innings due to shoulder strain.
ONE PUNCH TWO
Marsh, who was the leadoff hitter, reached base in his first four plate appearances. Ohtani hit second.
“It’s fun to see him get pitched into the zone and walk, unintentionally,” Marsh said. “I cannot take any credit. I’m up there trying to pass the baton, and Shohei Ohtani definitely did his part. “
Angels star Mike Trout knows a thing or two about being intentionally walked, and has given Ohtani some advice on the matter.
“He is receiving treatment. I told him to be patient, ”Trout said before the game. “Obviously, he’s being patient because they walk him, but don’t let that get to you. Don’t change your focus. Tonight we will play against a team that is in the race. They are trying to win. They won’t give you anything to hit. They are going to try to turn it around. “
Angels – Trout (calf strain) is ready for the season. He injured his calf on May 17 and was unable to return, but said he is close to 100% and should have a normal off-season exercise routine.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
Mariners: LZ Marco Gonzales (9-5, 4.01) has won eight straight decisions, the best of his career, and is 8-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his last 13 starts since July 9.
Angels: Ohtani (9-2, 3.28) seeks his 10th win in his final start to the season at home. He also hits. He could pitch one more time after Sunday, which would be in Seattle.
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