Ohtani homers again, Angels rally by A's

Ohtani homers again, Angels rally by A's

Ohtani hit a home run for the third straight game and the Los Angeles Angels rallied from an early six-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 13-9 on Friday night.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters Sunday before Marcus Semien's seventh-inning single broke up the two-way Japanese sensation's bid for a flawless game in his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 142 meters and was measured with a 179.7 kph exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani's three major league homers. The 23-year-old is scheduled to pitch against Oakland on Sunday in his first home start, making it uncertain if he will get a chance to extend his homer streak to four games on Saturday.

Chapman has reached base in every single game this season, but with Ohtani on the mound it won't be an easy task to do so again today.

The Angels were well on their way to a 6-1 victory by then, improving their record to 7-3 to start 2018.

Trout also delivered a run-scoring single in the fourth that extended the Angels lead to 4-0 and drove Graveman (0-2) from the game.

Stephen Piscotty gave the A's an early lead in the second inning, doubling off JC Ramirez to bring in Matt Chapman for the first run of the game.

Mike Trout and Ryan Schimpf homered, and Albert Pujols had an RBI double in the Angels' seventh win in nine games.

After allowing 12 home runs in 105 1/3 innings pitched last season, Graveman is now 0-2 and has allowed at least one home run in each of his first three starts and five total homers in just 13 1/3 innings.

Athletics: Oakland put OF Boog Powell on the 10-day DL with a right knee sprain in a move retroactive to Saturday.

Blake Treinen (0-1) took the loss. The younger brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson was claimed off waivers from the Yankees on Thursday.

The two-way star of Los Angeles Angels was dominant against the Oakland Athletics, throwing 7 scoreless innings. In his last outing against the Angels, an opening day no-decision, Graveman hurled five innings, allowing seven hits and five runs (3 HR).

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