Marcus Semien’s clean one-out single to left broke up Ohtani’s bid for a perfect game,
Ohtani (2-0) struck out the side twice and finished with 12 strikeouts in all. He won his pitching debut in Oakland last weekend with six strong innings, then homered in three consecutive games in Anaheim between starts in his attempt to become the first regular two-way player in decades.
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Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels’ seventh win in nine games. Kendall Graveman (0-2) gave up five hits and four walks while failing to get out of the fourth inning for the A’s, who have lost seven of 10.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Yoenis Cespedes scored Juan Lagares with a broken-bat single in the 12th inning to help New York complete a three-game sweep.
Lagares singled off Brandon Kintzler (0-2) to lead off the inning and was sacrificed to second by Amed Rosario. Washington intentionally walked Michael Conforto, and then Cespedes – hitless in five previous at-bats with three strikeouts – splintered his bat on a soft line drive to center field.
Bryce Harper hit his major league-leading sixth home run, singled twice and walked twice, but Washington dropped its fifth straight. Harper walked leading off the ninth but was stranded, then grounded out to end the 10th inning with a man on.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam for his first homer as a Met, and Asdrubal Cabrera hit a solo home run. New York earned its first three-game sweep of the Nationals since Sept. 7-9, 2015 in Washington.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Jake Arrieta (0-1) lasted just four innings in his Philadelphia debut, allowing three runs – two earned – and three hits while striking out five. The 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner with the Cubs joined the Phillies a month into spring training, signing a $75 million, three-year deal that could be worth up to $135 million over five seasons.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – Arizona manager Torey Lovullo set off a benches-clearing incident by maintaining eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina was earning unwarranted strike calls with his pitch framing.
Lovullo was ejected by plate umpire Tim Timmons in the second inning. Lovullo was arguing a called third strike on A.J. Pollock and got into a shouting match with Molina. The catcher appeared to lunge at Luvollo and made contact as players ran onto the field.
David Peralta hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer off Dominic Leone (0-2) in the eighth and A.J. Pollock went deep later in the inning as Arizona matched its best with a 7-2 start.
NEW YORK (AP) – Brad Brach escaped his own bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th inning, getting his second save when Aaron Judge grounded into a rare pitcher-to-catcher-to-third double play and striking out Giancarlo Stanton,
Baltimore overcame a 5-0, first-inning deficit to take three of four in New York following a five-game losing streak.
Stanton went 0 for 7, stranded nine runners and fanned five times for the second time in a week. He is hitting .167 and has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first season with the Yankees.
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Jameson Taillon (2-0) pitched a one-hitter for his first shutout in 45 major league starts, allowing Tyler Mahle’s single to center with one out in the third. He struck out seven and walked two.
Jaime Garcia (1-0) won while facing Texas for the first time in 176 big league starts, allowing three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Hamels (1-2) let four of his first five hitters reach and gave up seven runs – five earned – and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.
Robert Osuna retired four straight for his fourth save.