Shohei Ohtani helps power up the winning rally to keep the angels first

Shohei Ohtani handed over the clutch to the Los Angeles Angels, setting the stage for a 5-4 first leg win over the Washington Nationals with his two-run brace on Sunday.

Ohtani scored 4-4 with two eliminated in the ninth when he threw a sharp sprint from Washington nearer Tanner Rainey (0-1) at the base of the field’s center wall.

Anthony Rendon followed with a single in the middle that gave Ohtani time to sprint from second and beat the home shot for the winning streak.

The comeback gave the Angels a series win and preserved their place at the top of the American League West. Angels 19-11 lead the Houston Astros by half a game.

Ohtani’s groundbreaking performance continued a strong form phase for the reigning AL MVP.

He led the winning streak in the Angels’ 3-0 defeat to the Nationals on Friday, one day after leading his team to an 8-0 win over the Boston Red Sox with 11 strikeouts and a 2-for-4 pot day in a extraordinary two-way performance.

“The last few games have not been bad and my shot has been good,” said Ohtani, who showed his impressive speed between the bags in the winning play. “(Rendon’s) success was good, so I was pretty sure I could go home.”

Elsewhere in the majors, Hirokazu Sawamura knocked one out and retired all four of his batters as a first substitute for the Red Sox, who slipped to their fifth straight loss, 3-2 to the Chicago White Sox.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo of the Pittsburgh Pirates was 0 for 3 with a walk in the 7-3 defeat to the Cincinnati Reds, while Seiya Suzuki of the Chicago Cubs also went unsuccessfully and drew a walk in the 7-1 defeat to Los Angeles tax evaders

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