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Shohei Ohtani Is Tied for Third in the Majors with 18 Home Runs, Mariners’ 6-2 Victory over Angels

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani tosses his bat after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Anaheim, Calif.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — J.P. Crawford tied a career high with four hits, Julio Rodríguez was 3 for 5 with homer and the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 6-2 on Saturday night despite Shohei Ohtani going deep for the third time in five games.

Eugenio Suárez also had three hits as the Mariners set a season high with 16 hits.

Ohtani is tied for third in the majors with 18 home runs. He has gone 12 for 28 during a seven-game hitting streak.

It is the third time in his seven years in the majors that Crawford has had four hits. It also came at a good time after he was mired in a 1-for-17 slump in his last five games. Suárez also was struggling, with only two hits in 22 at-bats during the first six games of the trip.

Gabe Speier (2-1) got the win.

Rodríguez started the scoring with a two-run shot off Patrick Sandoval (3-6) in the third inning. The Mariners center fielder, who was last season’s AL Rookie of the Year, is batting .366 over his last 16 games (26 for 71) with five home runs and 15 RBIs.

Rookie Bryan Woo had a better outing in his second big-league start. The right-hander, who was rocked for six runs in two innings in his June 3 debut at Texas, struck out seven in 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits.

His only major mistake came in the third inning, when Ohtani connected on an inside slider for a two-run homer to right field. It was the third time this season the Japanese two-way superstar has gone deep in back-to-back games.

After a base hit by Crawford, Rodríguez drove Sandoval’s changeup over the wall in center for his 12th homer of the season. Ty France followed with a double down the left-field line and came home on Teoscar Hernandez’s single to make it 3-0.

After Ohtani’s home run, the Mariners responded with a pair in the fourth on RBI singles by Tom Murphy and Crawford.

Suárez provided more insurance with an RBI single in the seventh.

TOSSED

Angels manager Phil Nevin was ejected for the third time this season after Ohtani was called out on strikes on a slider from Speier that appeared to be just outside of the strike zone.


AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
Top: Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, complains about a called strike three as home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, left stands by and Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy throws the ball back during the fifth inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Anaheim, Calif.
Bottom: Los Angeles Angels manger Phil Nevin, center, argues with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi, right, as third base umpire Dan Bellino stands by after Shohei Ohtani struck out looking during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, June 10, 2023, in Anaheim, Calif.