Ohtani knocks out Blue Jays in 2-0 Angels win

TORONTO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out nine in seven innings and Andrew Velazquez homered, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 2-0 on Saturday.

Ohtani (11-8) allowed two hits — a single for George Springer in the first and a two-out double for Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the third — in his career-best 11th win. Ohtani threw a season-high 109 shots, 72 for strikes, in his first win since Aug. 9 at Oakland. He lowered his ERA to 2.67.

Jimmy Herget retired all six batters he faced for his third save to complete the double as the Angels won back-to-back games after losing the previous six, shutting out the Blue Jays for the second straight day. Los Angeles, which won 12-0 on Friday, leads the AL with 16 shutouts.

David Fletcher had three hits and scored the winning run on Luis Rengifo’s single in the sixth. Velazquez hit his eighth homer against Anthony Bass in the ninth. He also went deep on Friday.

All-Star right-hander Alek Manoah (12-7) struck out eight in seven innings for Toronto.


MIAMI (AP) — Sandy Alcántara rebounded from his shortest outing of the season by throwing a full game to six hits as Miami beat Los Angeles.

After allowing a season-high six runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Dodgers on Aug. 21, Alcántara (12-6) limited the NL West leaders to Mookie Betts’ solo home run . The All-Star right-hander struck out 10 and scored two goals in his fourth full game.

Los Angeles threatened in the ninth with one-out singles from Freddie Freeman and Will Smith. Justin Turner walked with two outs before Alcántara retired Joey Gallo on a grounder at first.

Jerar Encarnacion hit a game-tying RBI single against Dodgers starter Dustin May (1-1) in the sixth that gave Miami the lead.

Jon Berti and Joey Wendle each had two hits for Miami.


BOSTON (AP) — Rich Hill hit a season-high 11 in seven shutout innings, and Boston beat Tampa Bay for a rare series win over another AL East team.

Kiké Hernández hit a solo homer for Boston, which also beat Tampa Bay 9-8 on Friday night. JD Martinez and Bobby Dalbec each completed two runs.

The Red Sox, last (62-65), had lost four games in a row before the contending Rays arrived at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are 3-13-1 in the series against AL East clubs this season.

Randy Arozarena hit an RBI single in the eighth for Tampa Bay’s lone run. The Rays (69-57) are battling for position in the AL wildcard standings.

Hill (6-5), 42, allowed just three singles and walked one. John Schreiber worked 1 1/3 innings for his fifth save.

Tampa Bay southpaw Jeffrey Springs (6-4) allowed five runs on eight hits in six innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kyle Gibson threw seven solid innings and Philadelphia picked up its sixth straight win.

Nick Castellanos homered as Philadelphia moved a season-high 17 games above .500. Bryce Harper singled and was intentionally walked twice in his second game after missing 52 games with a broken left thumb. The Phillies (72-55) are second in the NL wild card rankings with the franchise’s best record since 2011, when it won the last of its five straight NL East titles.

Gibson (9-5) allowed six hits, struck out nine and walked one. Sam Coonrod worked the eighth and Nick Nelson finished the six-batter with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.

Bligh Madris doubled and Greg Allen had two hits for the Pirates, who were down seven in a row and 13 of 15.

Tyler Beede (1-4) allowed six runs and five hits over three innings with five strikeouts and three walks.


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