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OC Register: Angels’ erupt in blowout victory over Padres


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ANAHEIM — It’s been all or nothing lately for the Angels offense.

The Angels’ 10-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday night marked the third time in the last nine games that they’ve reached double figures. In five of the other six games, they’ve scored one run or less.

This time they steadily beat up on a procession of pitchers, scoring multiple runs in four straight innings.

Jared Walsh, who had been slumping, started the scoring with a homer and added two more hits. Brandon Marsh had three hits, the third time this week he’s had at least three hits.

Jack Mayfield also had a two-run homer among his two hits. Justin Upton drove in just one run with a sacrifice fly, but it was the 1,000th RBI of his career.

Surprisingly, the only Angels starter who didn’t have a hit or RBI was Shohei Ohtani, but he still had an eventful night.

The Angels got a scare when Ohtani was hit in the right hand by a 93 mph Ryan Weathers fastball in the first inning. Ohtani was visibly in pain as he walked toward first, accompanied by a trainer.

Adding insult to injury, umpires ruled that Ohtani had swung at the pitch, so it was a strikeout.

Ohtani still remained in the game. He drew a walk in the fifth inning and then stole his 20th base of the season, becoming the first player in Angels history to combine 20 steals with 40 homers. Ohtani leads the majors with 41 homers.

Just about the only blemish on the night for the Angels was the performance of starter José Suarez, who was done in by one bad inning.

After working three scoreless innings, Suarez gave up two runs on three hits and two walks before Manager Joe Maddon yanked him with a 3-2 lead.

Suarez could have given up more than two runs if not for a great throw from right fielder Jo Adell to nail Wil Myers at third.

After Suarez was pulled, Andrew Wantz then took over and escaped two-on jam with one pitch to Fernando Tatis Jr., who hit a flyout to center. He was credited with his first big league victory.

Wantz pitched a scoreless fifth, with three strikeouts.

Junior Guerra, Steve Cishek and Raisel Iglesias finished off the game without allowing another run. Iglesias pitched with an eight-run lead because he hadn’t pitched in three days and the Angels are off on Sunday.

More to come on this story.

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