MLB: Shohei Ohtani hits consecutive triples, Angels beat Mariners 14-1

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds first on his way to a triple during the third innings of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo / Mark J. Terrill)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) – Shohei Ohtani tripled in his first two at-bats, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 14-1 on Saturday night.

Jhonathan Diaz threw seven strong innings in relief and the Angels scored eight runs in the third when Seattle lost three games in the AL wildcard pursuit with seven to play.

Boston and New York are at the top of the wildcard standings, while Toronto is two games back in the running for two places.

Ohtani scored two runs and had three RBIs to bring his season to 98 overall. He tripled starter Tyler Anderson twice, then was drummed on his next two record appearances. The two-way star has run 13 times in the last four games, setting a record in the Major League. The others who drew 13 free passes within four games were Babe Ruth (1930), Bryce Harper (2016) and Yasmani Grandal (2021).

Diaz (1-0) allowed only three hits and one deserved run to score his first Major League victory.

Peter Bourjos was the last Angels player to score a triple in a row against Oakland on April 26, 2011.

Jared Walsh was 4 for 5 with four RBIs for the Angels and Brandon Marsh scored four times. Luis Rengifo hit a solo homer in the second inning.

Anderson (7-10), who was taken over by the Pittsburgh Mariners in July, got off to a difficult start. He allowed nine earned runs on nine hits in two-plus innings.

Angels starter Jaime Barria left after just 24 pitches and two innings due to poor fatigue.

TRAINER ROOM

Angels: OF Mike Trout (calf tribe) is ready for the season. He injured his calf on May 17 and couldn’t return, but said he was close to 100% and should have a normal off-season exercise regimen.

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Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzalez (9-5, 4.01) has won the best eight straight decisions in his last 13 starts since July 9, and is 8-0 with a 2.72 ERA in his last 13 starts.

Angels: Ohtani (9-2, 3:28) is aiming for his 10th win in his last home start of the season. He will hit too. He could pitch again after Sunday, in Seattle.


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