Homers Shohei Ohtani but skidding Angels lose to Braves

Austin Riley had a homer and two singles, Kyle Wright won his 12th game to take the lead in the National League, and the Atlanta Braves continued to roll with 7-2 win over the angels on Saturday night.

Riley scored in the first inning, scored and scored in the third, and hit a two-run homer off Austin Warren in the fourth to make it 7–1. Riley, who was on the Netherlands All-Star reserves earlier this week, has a 15-game hitting streak and hit .439 over the last 20 games.

The defending World Series champion Braves, polygames behind the New York Mets and leading the NL East since June 1, is 35-11, the best record in the majors so far. They are 19-6 at home during the stretch and have outscored the opposition 131-78 in those 25 games.

Austin Riley of the Braves (right) congratulates Travis d'Arno after a two-run home run in the fourth inning on July 23, 2022.

Atlanta’s Austin Riley, right, is congratulated by teammate Travis d’Arno after Riley hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning.

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Shohei Otani, a two-way All-Star and 2021 American League MVP, is tied with Wright’s solo throw in the fifth, a liner that left his bat at 110 mph, went over the right field wall and clipped the Angels. deficit to 7-2. Homer was Otani’s number 20.

Wright (12-4) scored five straight decision wins in six starts and was one win behind Justin Verlander of Houston in the major league lead. Wright gave up two runs and seven hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.

Homer Riley was his 28th. Atlanta won three times on Friday and has 150 homers, most of them in the Netherlands.

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval (3-6) gave up five runs and eight hits in three innings. He fell to 0–5 with a 4.95 ERA in his last nine starts.

The Angels (39-55) have lost 14 of 16 and are the worst 16 games of the season under .500. They have lost five games in a row.

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval plays against the Atlanta Braves on July 23, 2022.

Angels starter Patrick Sandoval gave up five runs and eight hits in three innings.

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Atlanta, who improved to 24-9 against lefties in the starting lineup, leads the majors with a 43-7 record when they score first.

The Braves led 2-0 in the first on a Dansby Swanson single and Travis d’Arnaud’s RBI force-out and 5-0 in the third on a Marcelle Ozuna single and a Michael Harris II double-rank single.

Wright put a runner in third in the second and runners in first and second in the third before Kurt Suzuki put the Angels on the board with an RBI single that made him 5-1 in the fourth.

The return of Mike Trout is just around the corner

Angels slugger Mike Trout was injected with cortisone in his back on Thursday and is undergoing a progression and core stabilization program, but head coach Mike Frostad said the three-time AL MVP won’t be off the injured list in the next couple of days. . The trout is on the IL due to inflammation of the left rib. He also had back spasms.

Angels right-hander Michael Lorenzen (shoulder sprain) has been scratched since starting rehab in doubles and will resume the throwing program in the next couple of days.

Braves left fielder Adam Duvall left the game before the start of third place due to pain in his left wrist. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia.

Phil Nevin cast

Interim Angels manager Phil Nevin was eliminated for fifth by home court umpire Alan Porter. Coming out of the dugout after Otani homered stated that Riley should have been called out on the check-swing one pitch before he homered, Nevin frantically pointed to first baseman John Bacon for not calling Riley. .

Braves second baseman Orlando Arcia inspects a glove worn by the Angels' Shohei Otani at second base on July 23, 2022.

Braves second baseman Orlando Arcia checks out the glove worn by the Angels’ Shohei Otani during the third inning. Otani Homered in the fifth.

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Looking back

Otani accepted the loss on Friday, but he joined Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan as the only pitcher in Angels history to hit 10 or more strikeouts in five straight starts. Ryan had a team-record seven-game streak in 1977 and a six-game streak in 1972 and 1973.

good gloves

Angels right fielder Dillon Thomas ran to the right and extended to catch a jump ball in the third, which robbed Heredia of a hit and likely saved a run with a runner in second.

Crowd capacity

The Braves posted an attendance of 42,827, the fifth largest crowd since Truist Park opened in 2017 and the 26th sellout of the season.


Braves right-hander Ian Anderson (8-5, 4.79) will face left-hander Reid Detmers (1-4, 5.60 ERA) as the teams wrap up a three-game streak on Sunday.