Baseball: Ohtani belts homer No. 27, 4 hits for 1st time since 2019

Shohei Ohtani had a two-run homer and four hits for the first time in three seasons as the Los Angeles Angels lost 11-7 against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

The Japanese two-way star singled in the first and fifth innings, tripled in a run in the seventh to cut the deficit to 9-4 and belted his 27th homer in the ninth off a Matthew Festa slider over Angel Stadium's center-field wall.

Ohtani hit for the cycle the last time he had four hits on June 13, 2019, but narrowly missed out on the feat this time as he went 4-for-5 with 4 RBIs.

Ohtani had three hits or more in two straight games for the first time since April last year, while an Angels spokesperson said Ohtani tripled in straight games for the first time in his professional career.

Touki Toussaint (1-1) took the loss allowing four runs over 2-2/3 innings, with reliever Mike Mayers allowing five runs over 5-1/3.

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