Jared Walsh hit Shohei Ohtani at home with two strikeouts in the ninth to take the Los Angeles Angels to an 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of their three-game series on Friday night.
Earlier, Ohtani scored twice to give him a major-league lead 30 this season, the most in franchise history before the all-star break.
With one out in the ninth, the Orioles brought in southpaw Paul Fry (2-3) and he walked Ohtani on five shots. Ohtani stole second with two strikeouts and scored on a tight play at home plate after a single right from Walsh.
Jose Iglesias also scored and Anthony Rendon had three hits for the Angels.
Angels starter Griffin Canning allowed six runs and six hits in 2nd innings. He walked two and didn’t record a strikeout.
Raisel Iglesias (5-3) recorded the last five strikeouts to claim the victory.
Trey Mancini and Domingo Leyba scored for the Orioles, who were looking to win four in a row for the first time this season.
Baltimore starter Keegan Akin took a 6-2 lead early on, but couldn’t take advantage of it and left after allowing up four runs and seven hits in three innings.
Ohtani started the comeback when he lifted Akin’s first pitch in the third inning deep over the fence on the right to reduce the lead to 6-3.
Max Stassi topped a 10 batting pitch later in the inning with a single RBI to lead to Rendon and bring the score to 6-4.
David Fletcher had an RBI single in the fourth before Ohtani pitched his 30th homer over the fence on the left for a 7-6 lead.
Austin Hays netted a brace to tie the score 7-7 in the sixth.
Mancini gave the Orioles a 1-0 lead with their 15th Homer of the season in the first inning. Leyba went far in the second to make it 2-0.
Iglesias came back with a two-run homer in the second to tie it 2-2, but Canning collapsed in the third after again getting the first two strikeouts of the set.
Anthony Santander scored a three-point brace in the right corner of the pitch to make it 5-2. Pedro Severino then led Santander with a brace in the left corner for a 6-2 lead.
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