Baseball: Ohtani hits 43rd home run in Angels’ loss to Rays

Shohei Ohtani hit his 43rd home run, a tie-breaking second-inning grand slam, only to see his Los Angeles Angels fall 9-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings Friday.

Ohtani singled and scored the tying run in the first at Angel Stadium, and gave the Angels a 5-1 lead in the second with his second MLB grand slam and his second homer in two games.

Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani celebrates hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California, on Aug. 18, 2023. (Kyodo)

The Rays erased that deficit in the fifth when Harold Ramirez doubled home Randy Arozarena. The teams traded runs in the seventh, but the visitors were denied a run in the ninth.

With no outs and runners on the corners, the runner on third tried to score on what started as a 6-4-3 double play but ended as a triple play when he was tagged out at home.

The Angels put the potential winning run on second base with one out in the ninth, but Ohtani, who went 2-for-5, struck out for the third time, and the Rays scored three runs in the 10th.

Elsewhere, Masataka Yoshida capped the Boston Red Sox’s four-run first-inning rally with a three-run home run and went 2-for-4 in an 8-3 win over the New York Yankees.

The Chicago Cubs’ Seiya Suzuki went 2-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals.

By Dr Muhammad Hussain