Baseball: Ohtani picks up 13th win, Suzuki on paternity list

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani pitched seven shutout innings and helped his own cause with an RBI double, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday.

Ohtani (13-8) extended his MLB career-high win total to 13 as he scattered three singles, with eight strikeouts and one walk in a 107-pitch outing at Angel Stadium.

Babe Ruth won 13 games on the mound as a two-way player in 1918 when he hit 11 home runs. Ohtani is the first MLB player since then to reach double digits in wins and homers in the same season.

At the plate, Ohtani went 1-for-2 with a walk. He drove in one Angels run and scored the other.

The Angels took a first-inning lead when Ohtani, batting third, hit a bullet off the left-field wall for a double that scored Mike Trout from first base.

In the fourth, Ohtani drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third on a single and a wild pitch, and scored on a groundout.

Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby (7-4) allowed both runs over six innings. Aaron Loup closed out the ninth for his season's first save.

The Chicago Cubs said Saturday that outfielder Seiya Suzuki has been placed on the paternity list and returned to Japan to attend the birth of his first child.

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