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Angels trip large inning to rout of Athletics

Taylor Ward capped an 11-run third inning with a two-run homer, left-hander Patrick Sandoval labored 5 robust innings and the visiting Los Angeles Angels avenged an Opening Day loss to the Oakland Athletics with a 13-1 trouncing Saturday afternoon.

Held to 5 hits by 5 pitchers in a 2-1 opening defeat, the Angels roughed up Oakland starter Shintaro Fujinami and reliever Adam Oller for seven hits within the third inning alone within the rematch, spoiling the Major League Baseball debut of the previous Japanese star.

Fujinami (0-1) had a dream first inning — placing out the primary two batters, together with Mike Trout, on 4 pitches apiece earlier than getting longtime pal Shohei Ohtani to floor out — and likewise had a 1-2-3 second earlier than the disastrous third.

Logan O’Hoppe had an RBI double and a sacrifice fly, Ward an RBI single earlier than his two-run shot, Jake Lamb and Gio Urshela a two-run single apiece, and Ohtani a run-scoring hit within the explosion.

Fujinami was pulled one out into the inning, ultimately charged with eight of the 11 runs. He allowed 5 hits and three walks, whereas placing out 4.

Ward, batting leadoff, put the ending touches on a 3-for-5 day with one other RBI single within the seventh, one inning after Ohtani added a second RBI on a single that adopted a Trout double. Ward totaled 4 RBIs, one off his profession greatest.

Sandoval (1-0) eased by way of his 5 innings, limiting the A’s to 2 hits and one run, that approaching a Ramon Laureano leadoff homer within the fifth.

Oakland’s solely different hit off Sandoval was a leadoff single by Aledmys Diaz within the fourth after the A’s had been hitless by way of three innings.

Sandoval walked two and struck out two.

Urshela joined Ward with a three-hit recreation for the Angels, whereas Luis Rengifo scored thrice. Ward, Trout and Urshela all scored twice.

Tucker Davidson accomplished a five-hitter for the Angels by working a scoreless last 4 innings, permitting three hits with three strikeouts. He was credited along with his first main league save.

–Field Level Media

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