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.
BRAVES 6, PIRATES 5: In Atlanta, Josh Donaldson drove in the tie-breaking run in Atlanta's five-run fifth inning as the Braves completed a four-game sweep.
The Braves have won seven straight to pass Philadelphia for the NL East lead. The Phillies and Braves open a three-game series tonight.
Julio Teheran (5-3) gave up two runs, one earned, in six innings. He has given up no more than one earned run in his last eight starts.
The Pirates have lost seven straight.
Joe Musgrove (4-7) struck out Donaldson in the first inning. It was their first meeting since Musgrove hit Donaldson with a pitch on Monday night, igniting a confrontation that led to both players' ejections.
DIAMONDBACKS 5, NATIONALS 0: In Washington, Zack Greinke took a no-hitter into the seventh inning to lead Arizona.
Alex Avila and Jarrod Dyson homered for Arizona, which has won seven of eight.
Greinke (8-2) pitched 71/3 innings, leaving after a 63-minute rain delay. The right-hander struck out three without a walk.
He had faced the minimum when Trea Turner led off the seventh with a grounder between first and second. First baseman Christian Walker made a diving stop but was unable to get off a throw against the speedy Turner, who legged out an infield single.
Adam Eaton followed with a single but Anthony Rendon grounded into a double play and Juan Soto grounded out.