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Shohei Ohtani leads Angels to defeat struggling Athletics

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Shohei Ohtani showed no ill effects from his foot injury on Tuesday night, shutting out the hosts Oakland Athletics for six innings to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-1 win.

Taylor Ward also won at home to the Angels last week after he dropped 3-2 at home to California State rivals before getting his second straight win away to Oakland.

Ohtani (10-7) was thought to be a bit of a question mark for pitching in the mid-game of the series after suffering a spike in his left foot in Seattle on Sunday. He missed Monday's 1-0 win against Game A, but it was considered a rest rather than an injury.

He hit a home run to right field in the 25th to extend the Angels lead to 5–0 in the top of the seventh.

He was ready to take the mound in the bottom of the inning, but was recalled a few steps away from the dugout and given rest as both pitcher and batter for the rest of the night.

A right-handed pitcher, he has 4 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in 6 innings.

It was the second time this season that the two-way star hit a home run and pitched in the same game. He also achieved this feat in his June 9 game against the Boston Reds against his Sox.

Ohtani also scored his second after leading his fifth with an infield hit against A's starter James Caprilian (3-6). After Luis Lengifo came on base on an error, Ward hit a homer and hit a three-run shot that extended Los Angeles' lead to 4–0.

The home run was Ward's 15th of the year.

The Angels scored in the third when Steve Duggar tripled for him and David He homered on Fletcher's single.

Oakland's lone run was the result of Chad's Pinder leadoff home run in his ninth, his 10th of the season.

Caprilian allowed him 4 runs (3 earned runs) and his 6 hits in 5 innings. He struck out 6 and walked 3.

Max Stassi joined Ohtani for the Angels on his two-hit run, achieving his second straight win for the first time since the July 26–27 game against Kansas City.

This loss was his fourth in a row for Auckland.

– Field Level Media