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Angels’ Shohei Ohtani provides spark against Mariners

AP , Kyodo

Shohei Ohtani went 2-for-4 and scored two runs on Wednesday as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 to even the three-game series at one apiece.

In his second game since being activated off the disabled list, Ohtani reached on a catcher’s interference in the second inning and scored the game’s opening run after wheeling home from first base on a double by Luis Valbuena.

Ohtani singled to right field in the fourth and was again driven home by Valbuena, and doubled down the right-field line in the seventh for his first multi-hit game since May 24.

“It was good to win. I felt better at the plate compared to yesterday,” said Ohtani, who struck out three times and went hitless in four at-bats the previous day.

“But it was a bit painful since I couldn’t get some extra runs when we had chances. If I can just do a little more work in those kinds of situations, I think that I’ll get even better results.”

Ohtani flied out and grounded out in his other at-bats. He last had a hit on June 4, when he entered the game as a pinch hitter and scored a tying run that put the Angels on track to a 9-6 comeback victory over the Kansas City Royals.

For Los Angeles, Kole Calhoun, batting leadoff for only the fourth time this season, belted a two-run homer among his three hits. He also scored three runs.

Mariners starter Garrett Richards pitched effectively into the sixth inning.

Richards, who went on the DL on June 15 with a left hamstring strain, allowed three runs, including back-to-back homers to Kyle Seager and Ryon Healy, over 5 innings. He struck out eight.

Red Sox 3, Nationals 0

In Washington, Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in two runs, Eduardo Rodriguez struck out six in six innings and Boston beat the Nationals to complete a three-game sweep.

Rodriguez (10-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his 26th save in 28 chances.

Yankees 6, Braves 2

In New York, Giancarlo Stanton hit a three-run homer and CC Sabathia pitched six effective innings, leading the Yankees to the victory.

Aaron Judge and Kyle Higashioka also homered for New York. Higashioka, who went 0-for-22 to begin his MLB career, became the ninth player since 1920 whose first three hits were home runs.

In other Yankees news, Masahiro Tanaka pitched five innings in a Triple-A rehab game for New York’s affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Wednesday. The right-hander fanned four and gave up three hits, including a two-run homer, in the 69-pitch outing.

Tanaka is currently on the disabled list with mild strains in both hamstrings.

Cardinals 8, Diamondbacks 4

In Phoenix, Yadier Molina and Yairo Munoz homered, Miles Mikolas threw six strong innings and St. Louis broke loose late to beat Arizona and take two of three from the first-place Diamondbacks.

Arizona reliever Yoshihisa Hirano (2-1) had his franchise-record streak of 26 games without allowing a run end when Munoz homered on the first pitch of the seventh. Hirano gave up four runs (one earned), on three hits in two-thirds of an inning for his first loss since coming to the major leagues.

Astros 5, Rangers 4 (10)

In Arlington, Texas, Evan Gattis drove in Jose Altuve with a sacrifice fly in the 10th, sending AL West-leading Houston to the road win.

Texas’ Choo Shin-soo homered and singled to extend his on-base streak to 44 games, the longest in his career and in the majors this season.

Dodgers 6, Pirates 4

In Los Angeles, Rich Hill earned his first win in three months and Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor drove in three runs apiece as the Dodgers swept Pittsburgh.

Cubs 5, Tigers 2

In Chicago, Javier Baez stole home, Willson Contreras hit a tiebreaking homer and the Cubs earned their sixth straight victory.

Athletics 4, Padres 2

In Oakland, Stephen Piscotty doubled three times and drove in three runs, powering the Athletics to the win.

Phillies 4, Orioles 1

In Philadelphia, Aaron Nola struck out nine in seven innings, Nick Williams belted a two-run homer and the Phillies beat Baltimore to sweep a two-game interleague series.

Mets 6, Blue Jays 3

In Toronto, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer for the Mets, and Brandon Nimmo reached base three times.

Brewers 3, Twins 2

In Milwaukee, Nate Orf hit a solo homer in the hosts’ two-run seventh after going hitless in his first seven major league at-bats.

Rockies 1, Giants 0

In Denver, Chris Iannetta homered in the seventh, Tyler Anderson pitched eight stellar innings and Colorado edged San Francisco to complete a three-game series sweep.

It was the first 1-0 game at Coors Field since June 12, 2010.

Indians 3, Royals 2

In Kansas City, Trevor Bauer pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Cleveland finished a three-game sweep.

Reds 7, White Sox 4

In Cincinnati, starting pitcher Sal Romano dropped down a suicide squeeze during the Reds’ six-run fourth inning.

Marlins 3, Rays 0

In Miami, Jose Urena and three relievers combined on a four-hitter, and the Marlins shook off the hangover from a 16-inning loss.

J.T. Riddle singled, tripled and homered.