Angels’ Ohtani first Japanese player to hit for cycle

Shohei Ohtani gives the Los Angeles Angels a first inning lead over the Tampa Bay Rays with a three run opposite field home run, then adds a double, a triple and a single to become the first Japanese born player in MLB history to hit for the cycle.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Shohei Ohtani became the first Japanese-born player to hit for the cycle, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 Thursday night after a delay caused by a power outage.

Ohtani hit a three-run homer in the first inning and completed the feat with a single in the seventh. He is the eighth Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout on May 21, 2013.

Albert Pujols also homered for the Angels, becoming the sixth player ever with 200 home runs in each league. He hit 445 in 11 seasons with St. Louis and has 200 in eight years with the Angels, including 12 this season.

Ohtani’s homer came on Ryan Yarbrough‘s 10th pitch of the game after a double by Tommy La Stella and a walk to Trout. It was Ohtani’s eighth homer of the season and sixth in 11 games.

He led off the third with a double and tripled in the fifth before Pujols’ home run. A two-out single in the seventh completed the cycle in just four plate appearances, and fans at Tropicana Field gave him a standing ovation.

The game was held up 36 minutes by a power delay in the fourth with the Angels leading 3-0.

Tommy Pham had two hits and drove in two for the Rays, who have lost three straight.

Yarbrough (5-3) gave up five runs and five hits (all for extra bases) in six innings, striking out four.

Angels starter Tyler Skaggs (5-6) pitched five innings, giving up three runs and seven hits while striking out five in the Angels’ third straight win.

Cam Bedrosian pitched the ninth for his first save.

OHTANI BACK ON A MOUND SOON

Ohtani won’t pitch again until next season, but he might be on a mound again within a month. Relegated to a DH role while recovering from Oct. 1 Tommy John surgery, the 2018 AL Rookie of the Year might be throwing off a mound before the All-Star break. "I won’t say it’s probable, but it’s possible," manager Brad Ausmus said.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: INF David Fletcher was a late scratch due to left shoulder soreness but entered the game at 3B in the eighth inning. … SS Andrelton Simmons (sprained left ankle) will face live pitching next week and will probably be activated before the end of the month.

Rays: INF Joey Wendle (fractured right wrist) is expected back Friday. … INF Matt Duffy (strained left hamstring) might be ready to resume a rehab assignment next week. … INF Christian Arroyo (right forearm tendinitis) was put on the 10-day IL.

UP NEXT

LHP Andrew Heaney (0-1) will make his fourth start of the season for the Angels on Friday night against LHP Blake Snell (4-5). Snell’s win at Boston on Sunday was his first since May 6.

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