A Shohei Ohtani grand slam and triple play could not have saved the Angels from losing the Rays

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Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani returns after swinging.
Angel star Shuhei Ohtani reacts after being hit in the fifth inning of a 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in 10 innings Friday at Angel Stadium. (Ryan Sun / Associated Press)

Shohei Ohtani hit grand slams in his 43rd home run of the season, and the Angels converted for the first time since 1997, but collapsed in the tenth inning of a 9-6 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Angel Stadium Friday night.

Otani gave the Angels a 5-1 lead in the second half with his second career touchdown, his first since scoring one against the Rays in May 2022. He finished two teams to five.

First baseman Nolan Chanwell got his first hit and scored twice in his major league debut, just 40 days after he was selected by the Angels in the first round of the draft—the fastest promotion in four decades.

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Left-hander Tyler Anderson (5-5) gave up five runs and six hits while walking two and striking out three times over four innings pitched. The Rays scored three runs in the fourth inning on a double by Josh Lowe and a single by Rene Pinto.

Jose Soriano did well, giving up one hit and one run in the first period, and Dominique Leon pitched for a scoreless sixth.

In the seventh, Harold Ramirez hit an RBI single off Reynaldo Lopez to give the Rays a 6–5 lead. Shanwell tied it 6-6 in the bottom of the frame when he caught a line lead to left, stole second and scored twice from Brandon Drury.

Matt Moore pitched another scoreless inning before Carlos Estevez took the mound. Louis Rengifo, Drury, Chanwell, and Ohope put together a 6-4-3-2 triple play, the seventh in Angels history, to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

After Renjevo tied the lead, Randall Grechuk stopped, grounded Otani and grounded Drury to send the game into the 10th. Estévez then gave up a pair of RBI singles and Aaron Loup gave up one as well.

Catcher Logan Ohope returned after missing 103 games due to a tear in his left shoulder. He did not catch nine complete innings during his rehab but did play the entire game while 0 for 5.

The Angels (60-63) matched their worst season with a three-game touchdown under . 500. They are 12½ games behind American League West leader Texas and 7 games back from the final wild card spot.

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This story originally appeared Los Angeles Times.

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