By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

ANAHEIM (AP) — Sean Murphy homered and drove in three runs off Shohei Ohtani, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night.

James Kaprielian (3-5) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth as the A’s snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Ohtani (9-7), who has no victories over Oakland in five mound appearances since 2018.

Ohtani yielded seven hits and two earned runs while pitching into the sixth inning of his third straight defeat, again falling short of his career-best 10th mound victory. The two-way AL MVP struck out seven A’s, which ended his streak of six consecutive starts with double-digit strikeouts just short of Nolan Ryan’s franchise-record seven.

The Angels’ offense again failed to provide run support for Ohtani, who went 0 for 3 as the designated hitter before getting pulled for a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Los Angeles had pinch-hit for Ohtani only twice previously this season, both occurring after Ohtani felt minor injuries.

Luis Rengifo had a tying RBI double in the fifth for the Angels, who have lost four of six in another dismal season.

Murphy had an RBI single in the fourth before driving a two-run homer to left in the sixth for Oakland. The catcher was 0 for 5 in his career against Ohtani before those consecutive run-scoring hits.

Zach Jackson pitched the ninth for his third save — Oakland’s first since closer Lou Trivino was traded to the Yankees.

Mickey Moniak started in center field and went 0 for 2 in his debut with the Angels, who acquired the former No. 1 overall pick from Philadelphia while trading Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday. Left-hander Tucker Davidson also arrived in Anaheim from Atlanta with plans to enter the rotation Sunday in Seattle.

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Source:: East Bay – Entertainment


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