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Angels tie MLB record with 7 solo HRs but lose to Athletics

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ANAHEIM, California. The Los Angeles Angels set a major league record with seven single home runs, including two Shohei Otanibut still lost to the Oakland Athletics 8-7.

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The Angels are the first team in the Majors to hit seven solo homers and not hit any other runs in a game. They also became the sixth team to hit seven homers and lose, according to STATS.

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Ramon Laureano hit a homer and ran four runs and Seth Brown there was a two-run toss during the six-run third inning for Oakland’s worst. Sean Murphy also ran in two runs for the Athletics, winning the last two games of the series and winning six of the last nine.

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Paul Blackburn (7-6) scored his first win since June 16 despite hitting four home runs.

Otani left Wednesday night’s game with a left forearm cramp, but he bounced back with three hits and two RBIs. It was his 11th major tournament multiplayer game and fifth this season.

Mickey Mauriac – acquired from Philadelphia on Tuesday as part of Noah Sindergaard the exchange is homered to the right with one out in the ninth to get the Angels in the run. Max Stassi drew a walk, but Taylor Ward crossed out and AJ Tom forced Otani to go shortstop on the first pitch for his third save.

Kurt SuzukiTaylor Ward, I am Adell as well as Jared Walsh also went far behind the Angels, who went 2-5 in their home stance. The seven homers also set an overall franchise record.

The New York Mets were the last team to hit seven solo home runs on June 24, 2018.

Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead after two innings thanks to shots from Otani and Suzuki before Oakland opened the scoring in Game 3 against Halos starter. Janson Junk (1-1).

The Athletics sent 11 to the plate in an inning and scored six runs. Laureano equalized at 2 in a one-out double with the bases loaded before Murphy’s double into the left center gap gave them the lead. Brown then pursued Junk, sending a curve ball on the first pitch into the raised seats in right center to make it 6-2.

Junk threw five scoreless innings in his last start on July 27 in Kansas City. The right-hander didn’t have the same success this time, with six runs allowed on five hits and two strikeouts.

Laureano extended Oakland’s lead to 8–3 in the fourth when he connected with Touki Toussaint’s elevated lead for a two-run homer to center.

Blackburn had five innings and was charged with four runs on six hits. The All-Star right-hander scored three.

Walsh went deep in sixth and Otani in seventh to make it 8-6.


Solo shots by Ward and Adell in the third and fourth innings made it only the second time in franchise history that the Angels had scored in each of the first four innings. The last time this happened was on August 19, 2017 in Baltimore, when Mike Trout went deep in the first and third and Luis Valbuena did it in the second and fourth.

This is the third time this has happened in major tournaments this season. The Los Angeles Dodgers did it on May 24 against Washington, and the Minnesota Twins did it on April 10 against Seattle.


Angels: Mike Trout (left chest inflammation) started rotation exercises on Wednesday. There is no word on when he will resume bat-swinging. … P Griffin Canning (low back stress response) did not start shooting and was ruled out of the game this season.


Athletics: Take a rare Friday off before taking on San Francisco in a two-game weekend series. RHP Adam Oller (1-4, 7.68 ERA) opens Bay Bridge rookie series on Saturday.

Angels: Hit the road for seven games. LHP Patrick Sandoval (3-7, 3.61 ERA) call Friday night in Seattle.


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