Ohtani, Rendon rally Angels 5-4 in 9th at Nationals

ANAHEIM, California. – Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon battled for most of the Angels’ weekend series against the Washington Nationals. Both came up with clutch hits to give Los Angeles a comeback victory in Sunday’s final.

Ohtani hit a two-run tie double, Rendon followed up with a single against his former team late in the game and the Angels stole a 5-4 win to win the three-game set.

“What’s so fun about this team and this offense is that we can ignite at any time,” said Rendon. We’ve had games where we’ve been locked out as a hitter for eight innings and then we come in and win.”

The Angels were down 4-2 going into ninth place. Luis Rengifo pulled a walk with an out and moved into third place with a Taylor Ward hit. Mike Trout lashed out, then Ohtani drove a slider from Tanner Rainey (0-1) off the center wall to tie it.


The reigning AL-MVP had been 1-for-11 during the weekend series prior to this at-bat.

Rendon then put down a single in the middle and Ohtani slipped to avoid Victor Roble’s home throw.

“I had a good start. By the way that ball landed, I would be able to score easily,” Ohtani said through an interpreter.

Rendon was 0 for 8 in his first two games but had two hits on Sunday to sink a team he spent seven seasons with and won a World Series title in 2019.

It’s the fourth walk-off hit of his career and the first since signing with the Angels in 2020.

“I thought I got away with one there with Trout and then come back against Ohtani and the slider stays too much on the plate and in the zone and he’s doing what he has to do,” Rainey said. “I tried to get up on Rendon but didn’t get up far enough.”

Jack Mayfield also drove in two runs and Jaime Barria (1-0) took the win for the Angels, who claimed their second walk-off win of the season.


“They set us up well, we were in a bit of an offensive funk. But we were late,” said Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon. “We did a lot of good things, but our team can do more offensively.”

All 11 of the Nationals’ hits were singles, including three by César Hernández. It’s the first time since 2004, when they were the Montreal Expos, that they’ve had at least 11 hits, none of which went for extra bases.

Erick Fedde allowed just two hits in five innings with five walks and four strikeouts. The right-hander hit a season-high seven innings in Colorado on May 3 and has conceded just one deserved run in his last 12 innings.

Los Angeles starter Patrick Sandoval gave up three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.

Washington opened the scoring in the third. Loaded bases, Riley Adams hit the center on a slow grounder by Juan Soto who had a shot at a single, but Angels shortstop Andrew Velazquez made a dive stop and throwed behind his back to take Hernández out in second.


The Nationals extended their lead to 3-0 in the sixth after Lane Thomas hit a sacrificial fly and Alcides Escobar hit an RBI base.

The Angels responded in the home half to Mayfield’s single with two runs that scored an 0-for-11 sled.

The Nationals put on a run with an RBI single from Josh Bell in seventh place before the Angels recovered.


Ohtani is 5-26 in May and hitting just .235, but the Japanese two-way superstar had more consistent contact over the weekend, propelling him into left field.

“After the last couple of games I feel a lot better. I get a better angle on the ball and get it in the air. Give yourself a few more days and I should be able to get there,” Ohtani said.


Nationals: Pitchers Stephen Strasburg (thoracic outlet recovery) and Joe Ross (right elbow bone spur removal) are on track to pitch simulated two-inning games this week at the team’s Florida spring training facility.


Angels: INFs David Fletcher (left hip strain) and Jose Rojas (unknown) have been placed on the injured list. INF Luis Rengifo was recalled by Triple-A Salt Lake and OF Aaron Whitefield’s contract was selected by Double-A Rocket City.


Nationals: Start Tuesday with six home games against the New York Mets. LHP Patrick Corbin (0-5, 7.16) is 5-8 in 20 career starts against the Mets.

Angels: Host the Tampa Bay Rays for three games starting Monday. RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-1, 2.63 ERA) has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his four starts.


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