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Ohtani propels LA past Red Sox; Angels end 14-game skid


Philadelphia Phillies’ Kyle Schwarber is congratulated by Rhys Hoskins after hitting a two-run home run in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Thursday, June 9, 2022 in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Shohei Ohtani pitched a stellar seven innings and hit a two-run homer, and the Los Angeles Angels ended their 14-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

Andrew Velazquez added a three-run homer in the sixth, but the Angels ended the longest skid in franchise history on the shoulders of their AL MVP, both at the mound and at home plate .

Ohtani (4-4) drove in four hits and a run while striking out six. He also had two hits and gave the Angels the lead for the first time by smashing his 12th homer of the season against Nick Pivetta (5-5) in the fifth inning.

Los Angeles won for the first time since May 24 and for the first time under interim manager Phil Nevin, who replaced sacked Joe Maddon after Monday’s series-opening loss.

Alex Verdugo hit an RBI single in the eighth for the Red Sox, whose seven-game winning streak ended with their first loss in the first two stops of their 10-game West Coast road trip.

Pivetta struck out 11, tying for the most by a Boston pitcher this season while getting six hits and two walks.

Ryan Tepera had two hits and a run in the eighth, and Raisel Iglesias threw a perfect ninth for his 12th save.


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bryce Harper, Kyle Schwarber and Odúbel Herrera dominated as interim manager Rob Thomson and the Philadelphia streak won its season-high seventh straight game.

Thomson, 6-0 since replacing Joe Girardi, is off to the best start by a first major league manager since Boston’s Joe Morgan won his first 12 games July 15-25, 1988, Elias Sports said. Desk.

The NL Central leaders Brewers lost their worst sixth season in a row.

Didi Gregorius singled, tripled, doubled and pitched a run, and Seranthony Dominguez (3-1) pitched an inning. Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes (3-4) allowed three runs – one earned – in 4 1/3 innings. .


CHICAGO (AP) — Max Muncy opened the game with a three-run homer in the sixth inning after White Sox manager Tony La Russa ordered an intentional walk to Trea Turner with a 1-2 count against southpaw Bennett Sousa .

Muncy had five RBIs in his return after missing 11 games with an inflamed left elbow. He came in hitting .150 to Turner’s .303.

Los Angeles trailed 4-0 before a six-run fifth. Brusdar Graterol (2-2) won and Dylan Cease (4-3) was the loser.


MINNEAPOLIS, AP — Gerrit Cole gave up home runs to his first three hitters and a career-high five in 2 1/3 innings, but New York rallied to beat Minnesota behind two Joey Gallo home runs.

DJ LeMahieu hit the 100th home run of his career and the Yankees earned their 16th victory, tying Colorado and San Francisco for the major league lead.

Five of Minnesota’s first 16 batters hit Cole, who allowed seven runs and eight hits. Lucas Luetge, Miguel Castro (3-0), Wandy Peralta, Michael King and Clay Holmes combined for 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and one hit.

Byron Buxton hit a pair of home runs and finished with four RBIs. Trevor Larnach, Carlos Correa and Luis Arraez also went far for the Twins.

Buxton has three two-homer games this season and six in his career, including a three-homer game in Toronto on August 27, 2017.


CINCINNATI (AP) — Josh Rojas hit a two-run single for a four-run rally to lead 4-3 in the ninth as the Diamondbacks won a four-game split.

Arizona came in ninth behind 3-1, but got help when Tony Santillan (0-1) threw a wild pitch then threw a bunt for an error,

Mark Melancon (2-6), second of three Diamondbacks relievers, picked up the win. Ian Kennedy threw the ninth for his fourth save, although he allowed Matt Reynolds’ solo homer.

A foul ball in the fourth inning broke the right thumb of Reds receiver Tyler Stephenson, who is expected to miss four to six weeks.


DENVER (AP) — Yonathan Daza curled a deciding single into right field, capping a three-run fourth inning fueled by three errors. San Francisco committed a season-high four errors, including a pair at fourth by second baseman Thairo Estrada.

Charlie Blackmon had three hits for the Rockies, who are 3-6 against the Giants this season.

Austin Gomber (3-6) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings, and Alex Colomé threw a ninth hit for his third save. Logan Webb (5-2) allowed three runs – two earned – on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Shane McClanahan (7-2) allowed one unearned run and two hits in eight innings and struck out nine, earning his fifth straight start as Tampa Bay completed a sweep of three games.

Ji-Man Choi hit a two-run homer in the fourth against Miles Mikolas (4-4), who threw a three-hitter.

Jason Adam worked the ninth for his second save, finishing a game that lasted 1 hour and 54 minutes as the Rays moved a season high of 11 games above .500.


MIAMI (AP) — Jazz Chisholm singled on the first pitch of Stephen Strasburg’s return after a year-long absence, stole the second and Miami went on in a win over Washington that ended a three-game sweep.

The 33-year-old Strasburg (0-1) allowed seven runs, eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and hit a batter, throwing 63 of 83 pitches for strikes.

Trevor Rogers (3-5) allowed two runs and six hits in five innings. Tanner Scott finished with a perfect ninth for his third save.

Jesús Sánchez homered and doubled against Strasbourg, and Chisholm had two bunt singles. Garrett Cooper doubled and singled, giving him six straight multi-hit games.


CLEVELAND (AP) — Andrés Giménez got the go-ahead with a single in Cleveland’s four-run eighth inning, and the Guardians rallied without manager Terry Francona, sending Oakland to its ninth straight loss.

Giménez curled a single into left field from Lou Trivino (1-5) as the Guardians climbed back above .500 for the first time since May 9. Guardians rookie Richie Palacios added a two-run single in the eighth, and another run scored on an Oakland pitching error.

Cleveland came from behind after Francona was ejected in the sixth inning for arguing with the Guardians 4-2.

José Ramírez and Josh Naylor homered and Enyel De Los Santos (1-0) picked up the win for Cleveland. Rookie Oscar Gonzalez had four hits.

Christian Bethancourt hit a two-run homer for the A’s.


ATLANTA (AP) — Max Fried won his sixth straight decision by pitching six pointy innings and Atlanta earned its eighth straight win.

Adam Duvall, Dansby Swanson and Travis d’Arnaud each drove a run for the Braves, whose winning streak is the longest since winning nine in a row last August.

Fried (6-2) came out of a jam in the first and third before Jack Suwinski hit his eighth homer in the fourth. Fried worked around eight hits, striking out eight and walking none. Kenley Jansen got his 16th save in 19 chances.

Pirates starter JT Brubaker (0-6) allowed three runs and six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Carlos Santana and MJ Melendez homered, leading Kansas City past Baltimore.

Santana hit a two-run homer to break a fifth-inning tie as the Royals won back-to-back games for the first time since May 17-18.

The Orioles sent nine batters home in the fifth and chased Kris Bubic, tying the score.

Joel Payamps (2-1) worked on a goal stuffing to claim the win with four outs in relief while Scott Barlow made his sixth save.


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