Cal Raleigh hit twice, Eugenio Suárez and Jesse Winker each hit a two-run shot, and the Mariners ended a three-game win over the Angels with an 11-7 win.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani’s recent one-man show for the Los Angeles Angels included a two-run homer, a runs-scoring triple, four hits and four RBIs.
Ohtani is a two-way superstar, but he’s only one man – and the Seattle Mariners didn’t have much trouble with the other 25 Angels while completing an impressive series win.
Cal Raleigh hit two homers, Eugenio Suárez and Jesse Winker each hit a two-run shot, and the Mariners defeated Ohtani’s Excellency for an 11-7 win over the Halos on Wednesday.
Raleigh had the first multi-homer game of his career with a solo shot in the fifth inning and a two-run homer in the ninth for the Mariners, who moved into the top AL wildcard slot while 25 runs in three wins in Consecutive scored in the Big A. Seattle is an AL-best 36-15 as of June 21.
Ohtani went 4 for 5 and hit his 27th homer in the ninth after tripling in the seventh and previously hitting two singles on his last outstanding day at the plate. The fourth four-hit game of his AL MVP career — his first since June 2019 — has given him seven hits in his last two games.
And in another reiteration of the big theme of Ohtani’s Stateside career, both games were crushing losses as the Mariners swept a three-game streak at Angel Stadium for the first time since September 2016.
“Yes, Ohtani was there for everything,” said Seattle manager Scott Servais. “They kept coming at us, but we did great things offensively.”
Carlos Santana had a two-run single during the Mariners’ third inning with four runs, and George Kirby (5-3) threw a six-hit ball into the sixth while receiving ample run assist in his third straight win.
“It’s really cool to see these guys go after him,” Kirby said. “Some guys are making progress. It will definitely be fun.”
Luis Rengifo added an RBI double before walking with a lower back strain to the Angels, who had won five of six until they were flattened en route by Seattle’s push towards a playoff berth.
Los Angeles, at least, got good news ahead of the game when Mike Trout said he plans to return this weekend after a five-week injury layoff, but the long-struggling club ended the day by being swept into a series for the first time since the All-Star Break.
After points starter Touki Toussaint (1-1) opened with two scoreless innings for the Angels, six Mariners reached base against him in the third. Mitch Haniger had an RBI single and JP Crawford drew a bases-loaded walk before Santana chased Toussaint.
“They have really good thugs over there that don’t chase a lot,” Phil Nevin, Angels interim manager, said of the Mariners. “If you don’t put it over the plate or you’re behind on the count, you could hurt yourself.”
Suárez hit his 20th homer and Raleigh followed with his 17th in the fifth before Winker added his two-run shot in the sixth, all without Mike Mayers.
Rengifo followed Ohtani’s RBI single with a run-scoring double in fifth place. Ohtani then tripled and scored on Taylor Ward’s flyout.
Seattle has the longest postseason drought of any major at 20 years, while the Angels’ current seven-year drought — tied with Detroit — will become the longest in the sport if the Mariners and Philadelphia stay on track to reach the postseason this October.
Angels: Rengifo didn’t return to the field in the eighth after landing in the seventh. He was the Angels’ top hitter for most of the summer, scoring in 41 of his last 47 games. … Trout intends to return to the lineup Friday in Detroit. The three-time AL MVP has missed 30 games since July 12 with upper back and chest injuries, but he was determined not to end his second straight season early after playing just 36 games last year. The Halos will likely have to release a player to put Trout back on the list.
Mariners: After a day off, Marco Gonzales (7-12, 4.18 ERA) takes the mound in Oakland on Friday to open a three-game weekend series.
Angels: After a day off, unlucky left-hander Patrick Sandoval (3-8, 3.42 ERA) takes the mound in Detroit on Friday to open a 10-game journey.
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