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Shohei Ohtani, Three Hits and Two Runs; Phillies Slug 5 Homers in 12-7 Win over Angels

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The Philadelphia Phillies’ mascot, the Phillie Phanatic shows a drawing to Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani before a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Alec Bohm followed an intentional walk to Bryce Harper with a go-ahead three-run homer, Harper also connected on career home run No. 299 and the Philadelphia Phillies won their fifth straight game, 12-7 over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Shohei Ohtani had three hits and knocked in two runs for an Angels team that reportedly put at least six players on waivers and seemingly surrendered any shot at salvaging the season.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani follows through after hitting a run-scoring single against Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Michael Lorenzen during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.

Kyle Schwarber hit his 37th homer of the season, Bryson Stott added a two-run homer and Trea Turner hit a solo shot for the Phillies, who hold the top spot in the NL wild-card standings. Philadelphia matched a season high with five home runs.

Luis Rengifo homered twice and Randal Grichuk went deep for Los Angeles. The Angels, their playoff chances all but gone, have lost seven of nine.

On a humid night in Philly, the ball carried for both teams, though the long ball has been the theme of the month for the Phillies. The five homers pushed Philadelphia’s total for August to a whopping 57.

Bohm crushed one of the biggest ones yet.

Angels starter Tyler Anderson (5-6) failed to hold a 4-2 lead against Philly’s power hitters in the sixth. With a runner on second and no outs, Anderson never let Harper swing the bat in a lefty-vs.-lefty matchup. Bohm buried the second pitch into the left field seats for his 15th homer of the year and a 5-4 lead.

Turner tacked on a two-run triple that capped a six-run sixth. Stott’s 14th homer of the year in the seventh made it 11-5.

The Phillies swept a three-game weekend series against St. Louis and can complete a three-game sweep of the Angels on Wednesday.

Odds are, the Phillies might see yet another Harper milestone.

One fan wore a Harper jersey wearing a vertical 300 for the numbers and others held signs saying they were at Citizens Bank Park to see history. Harper pushed 300 to the brink when he smashed a homer off the second-level facade. He’ll become the 158th player in MLB history with 300 homers and would — at least for one at-bat — join Chuck Klein as players with 300 on the dot.

Michael Lorenzen (8-8) struck out five and allowed three earned runs in six innings to win for the first time since his Aug. 9 no-hitter against Washington.

Lorenzen escaped a jam in the fifth when Ohtani was thrown out trying to steal third base to end the inning.

HALO, GOODBYE

ESPN reported Angels starting pitcher Lucas Giolito, relievers Dominic Leone, Matt Moore and Reynaldo Lopez, and outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Grichuk were placed on waivers. The Angels would get salary relief and the players could sign with contenders if they are claimed on Thursday. The six players will still be on the roster for Wednesday’s finale against the Phillies.

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Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani prepares to bat before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia.

The Angels made trade-deadline moves to acquire Giolito and Lopez from the Chicago White Sox and Grichuk and first baseman C.J. Cron from the Colorado Rockies. The moves signaled they were serious about making a postseason push with Ohtani, but the Angels unraveled after the deadline and fell out of first place in the AL West.

They are 7-18 since the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels CF Mickey Moniak left the game with back soreness.

Phillies LHP Ranger Suarez (strained right hamstring) could start Sunday at Milwaukee.

ROOKIE RECORD

Angels first baseman Nolan Schanuel tied the franchise record for longest hitting streak to start a career at nine games. Schanuel was Los Angeles’ first pick in this summer’s amateur draft.