Angels' Ohtani first Japanese player to hit for cycle

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Even without full use of his powerful right arm, Shohei Ohtani possesses one of baseball's most diverse skillsets.

It all showed in a memorable performance Thursday night.

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

''You need some power to hit the home run, some speed to accomplish a triple,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''To be able to do that at the major league level is going to lead to a lot of confidence. The important thing now is to try to continue this tomorrow.''

Ohtani hit a three-run homer in the first inning and completed the feat with a single on a 3-2 pitch in the seventh. It was the Angels' sixth and final hit of the game.

''I wasn't necessarily trying to hit a single,'' he said. ''I was just trying to get on base, whether it was a base on balls or any other way because it was still a close game.''

After a triple in his third at-bat, Ohtani's cycle quest became the focus of the game.

''People were talking about it. It's not like a no-hitter when no one mentions it,'' said Angels manager Brad Ausmus, who was most impressed that the left-handed hitting Ohtani got his first three hits off a left-handed pitcher.

''We forget how young he is,'' Ausmus added. ''He's in a new country, his second year here. He's 24 years old. He carries a lot on his shoulders, but he still stands pretty tall.''

Ohtani is the eighth Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout on May 21, 2013.

''There's been so many other great Japanese players before me. Being the first to accomplish it makes me very happy,'' he said.

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. The power outage was caused by a fire at a nearby substation.

''I don't think I've ever seen that happen before,'' Yarbrough said. ''Of all things, it was kind of cool when everyone turned their (cellphone) lights on. It kind of looked like a little concert and then people got energized into the game after that. That was kind of cool.''

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,'' 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) will be activated 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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  • W: T. Skaggs (5-6)L: R. Yarbrough (5-3)S: C. Bedrosian (1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (12), S. Ohtani (8)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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T. La Stella 3B31100000.304.361.531.8923.0
D. Fletcher 3B10000000.306.361.432.7930.0
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S. Ohtani DH42431000.281.350.512.86315.0
A. Pujols 1B31121103.238.316.461.7778.0
C. Puello LF30000001.417.523.7501.2731.0
K. Calhoun RF40000013.238.333.485.818-0.5
K. Smith C40000012.284.376.419.795-0.5
W. Tovar SS40000012.136.240.182.422-0.5
L. Rengifo 2B40000020.218.288.309.597-1.0
T. Skaggs P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Garcia RF40100122.300.356.500.8561.0
    T. Pham LF51220002.291.399.462.8615.0
    B. Lowe 2B40200011.288.341.544.8861.5
    Y. Diaz DH30110100.273.353.483.8363.0
    T. d'Arnaud 1B40000024.186.250.326.576-1.0
    W. Adames SS40100010.248.315.376.6910.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40100011.253.309.447.7562.5
    D. Robertson 3B31100011.206.308.286.5941.5
    a- J. Choi PH10000010.281.359.448.807-0.5
    M. Zunino C31100001.180.231.328.5593.0
    b- A. Meadows PH10000010.325.402.588.989-0.5
    R. Yarbrough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    • a-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
    • b-struck out for Zunino in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - T. La Stella (6), S. Ohtani (2)
    • 3B - S. Ohtani
    • HR - S. Ohtani (8), A. Pujols (12)
    • RBI - S. Ohtani 3 (26), A. Pujols 2 (37)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols 2 (19)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols 2 (2), K. Calhoun, W. Tovar 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Zunino (7)
    • RBI - T. Pham 2 (28), Y. Diaz (26)
    • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham 2 (13), Y. Diaz (11)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, B. Lowe, T. d'Arnaud 4 (4), K. Kiermaier, M. Zunino
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - K. Kiermaier (12)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Rengifo-Tovar-Pujols)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Zunino (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Skaggs (W, 5-6)5.07332505.001.4012.5
    N. Ramirez (H, 1)2.22000203.441.125.0
    J. Anderson (H, 6)0.10000104.561.440.5
    C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.01000202.511.1110.0
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Skaggs (W, 5-6)5.0
    N. Ramirez (H, 1)2.2
    J. Anderson (H, 6)0.1
    C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)6.05551425.591.084.0
    H. Wood2.01000002.111.175.0
    C. Roe1.00000203.981.824.0
    PITCHERSIP
    R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)6.0
    H. Wood2.0
    C. Roe1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 95-56, N. Ramirez 38-26, J. Anderson 6-4, C. Bedrosian 15-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-4, N. Ramirez 3-3, C. Bedrosian 1-0
    • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, N. Ramirez 10, J. Anderson, C. Bedrosian 4
    PITCHING
    • HBP - R. Yarbrough 2 (5)
    • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 90-58, H. Wood 32-19, C. Roe 17-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 5-9, H. Wood 2-4
    • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 26, H. Wood 8, C. Roe 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    LAA34-35
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    T. La Stella 3B31100000.304.361.531.8923.0
    D. Fletcher 3B10000000.306.361.432.7930.0
    M. Trout CF31000011.286.457.6131.0701.5
    S. Ohtani DH42431000.281.350.512.86315.0
    A. Pujols 1B31121103.238.316.461.7778.0
    C. Puello LF30000001.417.523.7501.2731.0
    K. Calhoun RF40000013.238.333.485.818-0.5
    K. Smith C40000012.284.376.419.795-0.5
    W. Tovar SS40000012.136.240.182.422-0.5
    L. Rengifo 2B40000020.218.288.309.597-1.0
    T. Skaggs P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    N. Ramirez P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    J. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    C. Bedrosian P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
    Total3356521612-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. Garcia RF40100122.300.356.500.8561.0
      T. Pham LF51220002.291.399.462.8615.0
      B. Lowe 2B40200011.288.341.544.8861.5
      Y. Diaz DH30110100.273.353.483.8363.0
      T. d'Arnaud 1B40000024.186.250.326.576-1.0
      W. Adames SS40100010.248.315.376.6910.5
      K. Kiermaier CF40100011.253.309.447.7562.5
      D. Robertson 3B31100011.206.308.286.5941.5
      a- J. Choi PH10000010.281.359.448.807-0.5
      M. Zunino C31100001.180.231.328.5593.0
      b- A. Meadows PH10000010.325.402.588.989-0.5
      R. Yarbrough P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      H. Wood P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      C. Roe P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
      Total363103021012-----
      • a-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
      • b-struck out for Zunino in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - T. La Stella (6), S. Ohtani (2)
      • 3B - S. Ohtani
      • HR - S. Ohtani (8), A. Pujols (12)
      • RBI - S. Ohtani 3 (26), A. Pujols 2 (37)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols 2 (19)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Pujols 2 (2), K. Calhoun, W. Tovar 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Zunino (7)
      • RBI - T. Pham 2 (28), Y. Diaz (26)
      • 2-Out RBI - T. Pham 2 (13), Y. Diaz (11)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - T. Pham, B. Lowe, T. d'Arnaud 4 (4), K. Kiermaier, M. Zunino
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - K. Kiermaier (12)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Rengifo-Tovar-Pujols)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Zunino (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Skaggs (W, 5-6)5.07332505.001.4012.5
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)2.22000203.441.125.0
      J. Anderson (H, 6)0.10000104.561.440.5
      C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.01000202.511.1110.0
      Total9.010332100---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Skaggs (W, 5-6)5.0
      N. Ramirez (H, 1)2.2
      J. Anderson (H, 6)0.1
      C. Bedrosian (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)6.05551425.591.084.0
      H. Wood2.01000002.111.175.0
      C. Roe1.00000203.981.824.0
      Total9.0655162---
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)6.0
      H. Wood2.0
      C. Roe1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Skaggs 95-56, N. Ramirez 38-26, J. Anderson 6-4, C. Bedrosian 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Skaggs 5-4, N. Ramirez 3-3, C. Bedrosian 1-0
      • Batters Faced - T. Skaggs 23, N. Ramirez 10, J. Anderson, C. Bedrosian 4
      PITCHING
      • HBP - R. Yarbrough 2 (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Yarbrough 90-58, H. Wood 32-19, C. Roe 17-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Yarbrough 5-9, H. Wood 2-4
      • Batters Faced - R. Yarbrough 26, H. Wood 8, C. Roe 3
      • 5TH INNING
        Diaz singled to right, Pham scored, Lowe to second53
        Pham singled to center, Robertson and Zunino scored52
        Pujols homered to left, Ohtani scored50
      • 1ST INNING
        Ohtani homered to left center, La Stella and Trout scored30
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chaz Roe relieved Hunter Wood
        • W. Tovar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Tovar struck out swinging
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Rengifo struck out looking
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Fletcher popped out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Justin Anderson
        • Ji-Man Choi hit for Daniel Robertson
        • J. Choi: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Choi struck out swinging
        • Austin Meadows hit for Mike Zunino
        • A. Meadows: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Meadows struck out on foul tip
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia singled to center
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Pham grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • H. Wood Pitching:
        • C. Puello: Strike looking, Puello grounded out to third
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun lined out to center
        • K. Smith: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • David Fletcher at third base
        • Y. Diaz: Strike swinging, Ball, Diaz grounded out to pitcher
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud struck out swinging
        • W. Adames: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames singled to right
        • Justin Anderson relieved Noe Ramirez
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Hunter Wood relieved Ryan Yarbrough
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Rengifo popped out to second
        • T. La Stella: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, La Stella reached on catcher's interference
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Trout fouled out to first
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ohtani singled to center, La Stella to third
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pujols flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • N. Ramirez Pitching:
        • M. Zunino: Foul, Strike swinging, Zunino grounded out to second
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging
        • T. Pham: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pham singled to left center
        • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Lowe flied out to deep left
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun flied out to deep center
        • K. Smith: Smith flied out to right
        • W. Tovar: Ball, Strike looking, Tovar lined out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Noe Ramirez relieved Tyler Skaggs
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Foul, Adames grounded out to second
        • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kiermaier flied out to deep center
        • D. Robertson: Ball, Robertson flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella popped out to shortstop
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Trout lined out to left
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ohtani tripled to deep right
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols homered to left, Ohtani scored
        • C. Puello: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Puello grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • K. Kiermaier: Strike looking, Kiermaier grounded out to pitcher
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Robertson singled to left
        • M. Zunino: Zunino doubled to deep left, Robertson to third
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • T. Pham: Ball, Pham singled to center, Robertson and Zunino scored
        • B. Lowe: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Lowe singled to right center, Pham to third
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Diaz singled to right, Pham scored, Lowe to second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, d'Arnaud grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Smith flied out to left
        • W. Tovar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tovar lined out to right
        • L. Rengifo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Rengifo struck out looking
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • Y. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Diaz popped out to second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, d'Arnaud struck out looking
        • W. Adames: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani doubled to left center
        • A. Pujols: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Puello: Foul, Puello grounded out to shortstop, Ohtani to third
        • K. Calhoun: Calhoun fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pham grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Garcia out at second
        • B. Lowe: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowe struck out swinging
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • L. Rengifo: Rengifo fouled out to right
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, La Stella grounded out to first
        • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
        • K. Kiermaier: Foul, Kiermaier singled to left
        • D. Robertson: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul tip, Robertson struck out on foul tip
        • M. Zunino: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kiermaier stole second, Zunino popped out to pitcher
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
        • T. La Stella: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, La Stella doubled to deep right
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout hit by pitch
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani homered to left center, La Stella and Trout scored
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pujols walked
        • C. Puello: Ball, Ball, Ball, Puello hit by pitch, Pujols to second
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • K. Smith: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
        • W. Tovar: Ball, Foul, Tovar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Puello out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Skaggs Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia lined out to second
        • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Pham grounded out to second
        • B. Lowe: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Lowe singled to center
        • Y. Diaz: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Diaz walked, Lowe to second
        • T. d'Arnaud: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, d'Arnaud popped out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)