After leaving Ohtani, the Mariners scored 4 points in the 9th inning

Shohei Ohtani got off to a strong start as usual on Monday night, but after he left, things got out of the ordinary.

The Seattle Mariners scored four runs in a chaotic ninth inning and took advantage of the defensive woes of the Los Angeles Angels to clinch a 6–2 victory.

“There’s a lot to unpack. What started as a very normal game with two great starters ended up being crazy,” said Seattle manager Scott Serves. I was.

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The Mariners jumped past Toronto and Baltimore for the top wild card spot in the American League, with Jesse Winker and JP Crawford having two hits and two RBIs, respectively.

Ohtani struck out eight and allowed two runs in six innings. It was the first time since May 18 in Texas that the American League’s Most Valuable Player had no voting power. The Japanese two-way prodigy has gone 7-5 with a 2.60 ERA in his last 12 starts.

“My biggest flaw today was that I threw too many balls,” Ohtani said through translator Ippei Mizuhara.

After he left, the Angels had a much bigger flaw.

The game was tied 2-2 in the ninth inning before the Mariners broke through. Sam Haggerty rode in on his single with one out from Aaron Loup (0-4).

Haggerty advanced to second when Angels catcher Max Stassi threw it roughly into the bag, even though Haggerty was not running. After stealing in the third, Haggerty scored a go-ahead run on another shaky play.

Julio Rodriguez hits Luis Lengifo with a line drive. After David Fletcher left with an injury, Lengifo, who was usually sure on second base, dropped a liner and threw it home. Haggerty was caught in the rundown, but scored when no one was covering home plate.

“My first thought was to keep us in the inning and stop the double play. Seeing Lengifo drop it, my first thought was to put the throw home.” I wanted to stay on the rundown and give the runners another chance to move forward.

Seattle had a breather when Dylan Moore scored on a ground ball for Thailand France. Rodriguez scored on Winker’s ground ball and Crawford’s base hit plated France.

“It was terrible. We made some bad decisions, throws and didn’t run rundowns. Yeah, it wasn’t good,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said.

In New York, the struggling New York Yankees shut out back-to-back games for the first time since 2016, losing 4-0 to Ryan Yarbrough and the Tampa Bay Rays.

New York failed to provide run support for ace Gerrit Cole (9-5). His only run was allowed following a center field misplay by Aaron Hicks.

The American League East leaders were suspended for the fourth time in nine games, dropping to 8-16 since the All-Star break after starting 64-28.

In other games it looked like this:

‧ Dodgers 4, Brewers 0

‧ Orioles 7, Blue Jays 3

‧ Braves 13, Mets 1

‧ White Sox 4, Astros 2

‧ Tigers 7, Guardians 5

‧ Marlins 3, Padres 0

‧ Rangers 2, Athletics 1

‧ Twins 4, Royals 2

‧ Phillies 4, Reds 3

‧ 5 Nationals, 4 Cubs

‧ Giants 6, Diamondb

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