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Ohtani reaches base four times in rout of Jays

Kyodo, AP

Shohei Ohtani hit two doubles, scored two runs and drew two walks Thursday as the Los Angeles Angels overran the Toronto Blue Jays 8-1.

It was the first multi-hit outing in eight games for 23-year-old Ohtani, who batted fifth in the lineup as a designated hitter at Rogers Center.

“I was happy with each at-bat. Overall, I felt I performed my role well throughout the course of the game,” Ohtani said.

After drawing a walk and scoring on Martin Maldonado’s single in the second, Ohtani doubled on a sharp line drive off right-hander Marco Estrada (2-5) in his next at-bat in the third.

Ohtani was initially called out at second base on his ninth-inning double. The Angels challenged the play, however, and he was ruled to have slid into the bag ahead of Blue Jays second baseman Devo Travis’ tag on review.

Nick Tropeano (2-3) struck out six over 7⅓ innings for the win as the Angels improved to 16-5 on the road, the best by percentage in the majors, and 28-22 overall.

Mike Trout and Albert Pujols homered, while Maldonado drove in three runs for the red-hot Los Angeles offense.

Orioles 9, White Sox 3

In Chicago, Dylan Bundy struck out a career-high 14 and pitched a two-hitter for his second complete game in the majors, helping Baltimore beat the White Sox.

Adam Jones and Trey Mancini hit solo home runs as the Orioles took a 9-0 lead after three innings. Jones and Manny Machado each had three hits, and Chance Sisco drove in three runs for last-place Baltimore, which won for just the third time in nine games and improved to 6-21 on the road.

Bundy (3-6) had been roughed up in losing four of five previous starts, but sparkled once again in an afternoon contest. The 25-year-old right-hander improved to 2-1 with 1.32 ERA in five day games.

Royals 8, Rangers 2

In Arlington, Texas, Danny Duffy took a shutout into the eighth, Salvador Perez threw out a baserunner on a ball that hit Choo Shin-soo in the face and Kansas trounced the hosts for its season-best third straight victory.

Perez had four RBIs on a pair of two-run singles with two outs, first in the fifth and then the seventh innings. But the catcher’s caught stealing in the first inning was more memorable.

Duffy’s pitch in the dirt bounced off Perez and then hit Choo in the face, sending the left-handed hitter staggering out of the box. Perez scrambled to get the ball from in front of home plate, then threw out Delino DeShields trying to take second on the play. Choo remained in the game and drew a walk in the plate appearance.

Mets 5, Brewers 0

In Milwaukee, Brandon Nimmo reached base five times, Steven Matz pitched six solid innings and New York blanked the Brewers.

Nimmo raised his on-base percentage to .450, best in the majors among players with at least 100 plate appearances, with a career-high four hits and a walk. He had a triple and two doubles, and Asdrubal Cabrera and Wilmer Flores each added two RBIs.

Matz (2-3) matched his longest outing of the season in the opener of a four-game series. Both of his victories this season have come against the NL Central-leading Brewers.

Rays 6, Red Sox 3

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Blake Snell threw six scoreless innings and Wilson Ramos drove in two runs as Tampa Bay avoided a three-game sweep.

Snell (6-3) allowed three hits, walked two and struck out eight. The left-hander is 2-0 in three starts against Boston this season, giving up two runs and 11 hits in 19 innings.

Astros 8, Indians 2

In Cleveland, Charlie Morton remained unbeaten this season with six solid innings, Alex Bregman and Jake Marisnick hit three-run homers and Houston hammered the Indians.

Morton (7-0) allowed two runs and five hits while extending his career-best winning streak to 10 games. The right-hander, who moved into a tie for the AL lead in wins, hasn’t lost since Sept. 9, 2017, against Oakland. He walked three and struck out five.

Reds 5, Pirates 4

In Cincinnati, Eugenio Suarez hit a grand slam off Ivan Nova — who dropped his sixth straight start against the Reds — and Jesse Winker added a solo shot for the hosts against Pittsburgh.

Athletics 4, Mariners 3

In Oakland, Stephen Piscotty and the Athletics tagged Felix Hernandez early, and the hosts ended Seattle’s five-game winning streak.