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Angels walk it off in thrilling fashion

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Juan Lagares hits the game-winning double

Baltimore Orioles v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Angels are on a roll right now.

After they fell behind by a run in the ninth inning, a two-run comeback in the bottom half of the inning gave LA their fourth consecutive win in dramatic fashion.

With things tied at four in the ninth, newly named All-Star Cedric Mullins hit the go-ahead home run to put the Orioles up a run. The Angels then had their chance in the bottom half of the inning and didn’t even record an out.

Jose Iglesias led off the inning with a walk, bringing the go-ahead run to the plate. Kurt Suzuki and Jose Rojas each hit singles, loading the bases with no outs and putting the game-winning run on second base.

Juan Lagares stepped into the dish and crushed one to right-center field. Mullins couldn’t get there in time as the ball bounced off the wall, bringing in two runs to give the Angels the come-from-behind win.

Other takeaways

  • Shohei Ohtani hit home run No. 31 on the season. He was also officially announced as an All-Star for pitchers on Sunday, making him the first player in MLB history to be named an All-Star as both a position player and a pitcher. Truly incredible.
  • Anthony Rendon went deep and hit a home run. He also exited the game with left hamstring tightness. Following the game, manager Joe Maddon said Rendon will be available on Monday but he’ll likely hold him out until Tuesday.
  • Taylor Ward also left today’s game to have his right index finger examined. He’ll be good to go in the next few days as well. Maddon doesn’t expect either player to go on the injured list.
  • Patrick Sandoval with another solid outing for the Halos. In five innings he allowed two runs with seven strikeouts.

Don’t look now but....

Just like that, the Angels are all of a sudden 5.5 games behind the Astros for the AL West lead. They’re also 5.5 games back of the Wild Card. Oh boy.