Ohtani’s 30th HR gave the Angels a 3-2 win over the Yankees


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani became the first player in major league history to hit 30 home runs and record 10 wins in the same season as the Los Angeles Angels beat the New York Yankees 3-2 on Wednesday night.

Ohtani’s three-run shot to center off a 97.9 mph fastball off Gerrit Cole (10-7) in the sixth put the Angels on top after being held to two hits through the first five innings. It was the third time in the last four games that the reigning AL MVP went deep.

The Japanese two-way phenom went 5-for-11 with two homers and five RBIs in the three-game series against the Yankees and AL MVP favorite Aaron Judge. The New York slugger was hitless in two at-bats but drew two walks after going 4-7 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in the first two games.

Patrick Sandoval (5-9) struck out seven and allowed two runs in seven innings to win for the second time in his last three starts.

Jimmy Hergett, who picked up his fifth save, walked Judge and Giancarlo Stanton to lead off the ninth, but struck out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres before Oswaldo Cabrera grounded out to Andrew Velazquez to end the game and give the Angels their fifth win in the last six games.

The Yankees entered August with the AL’s best record and an 11 1/2-game lead in the AL East, but went 10-18 during the month with a minus-12 run differential. New York holds a six-game lead over Tampa Bay and begins a three-game series with the Rays starting Friday.

Cole, who grew up in nearby Newport Beach, had a seven-game winning streak against his boyhood team and lost for the first time in six career starts at Angel Stadium.

The right-hander couldn’t overcome two Yankees errors in the sixth. David Fletcher rode an infield single and advanced to second when third baseman Josh Donaldson tipped the bag at first. Mike Trout then reached when Isiah Kiner-Falefa booted a grounder.

Ohtani, who nearly connected for a two-run shot in the first inning before center fielder Aaron Hicks jumped the wall to catch him, took Cole’s pitch on a 2-0 count to clear the bases.

Ohtani, who is also the first player of Japanese descent to hit at least 30 home runs in consecutive seasons, pumped his fist while rounding first base.

Cole went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) and six hits with four strikeouts.

The Yankees had just one hit through the first four innings before going into the fifth. Donaldson led off with a double down the left-field line after the ball slipped through the glove of third baseman Matt Duffy. Donaldson advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Gleyber Torres lined a double into the right field gap.

Hicks’ sacrifice fly to left field brought in Torres to make it 2-0.


Yankees: RHP Jameson Taillon suffered a left forearm contusion after X-rays came back negative for a fracture. Taillon was hit down the line by Magneuris Sierra during the second inning of Tuesday’s game. It will be a few more days before Taillon knows if he will have to miss a start. … 1B Anthony Rizzo was not in the starting lineup as he continues to deal with back pain. … RHP Luis Severino (lat) will begin rehab for Class A Tampa on Friday. … LHP Nestor Cortes (groin) threw a bullpen session before Wednesday’s game.

Angels: RHP Michael Lorenzen (right shoulder strain) will begin rehab for Class A Inland Empire on Friday. Manager Phil Nevin said they would like to see Lorenzen throw 90 pitches.


Yankees: Start a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Friday. RHP Domingo Germán (2-2, 3.19 ERA) has allowed three or fewer runs in seven straight starts.

Angels: Continue their three-game homestand with Houston starting Friday. LHP Reid Detmers (5-4, 3.47 ERA) is 3-1 since the All-Star break.


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