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Intentional base-laden walk part of Angels win over Texas

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Angels manager Joe Maddon ordered the second base-laden intentional walk of his career and only the third at the majors since at least 1950, and Shohei Ohtani hit two home runs to lead Los Angeles ahead of the Texas Rangers 9-6 on Friday night.

Corey Seager joined Barry Bonds in 1998 and Josh Hamilton in 2008 receiving first base with full bases. Hamilton’s free pass was also called by Maddon, who was then managing the Tampa Bay Rays against the Rangers.

Maddon visited Warren, who had walked his only previous batter to load in the fourth inning, then signaled that Los Angeles wanted to walk Seager. It scored Charlie Culberson and put Texas ahead 4-2.

Mitch Garver followed with a sacrificial fly to the warning lane, and Warren then balked at Marcus Semien to make it 6-2. The Angels responded with a five-run fifth that included Ohtani’s second homer to lead 7-6.

Bonds’ intentional walk was called by Arizona Diamondbacks manager Buck Showalter, now the New York Mets skipper.

The previous two base-laden intentional walks were also part of the wins — the Rays over the Rangers 7-4 and the Diamondbacks over the San Francisco Giants 8-7.

Ohtani, the AL’s two-way MVP last season, hit the first pitch of the game 406 feet into the Texas bullpen at right-center for his fifth first homer and added a two-run shot on the fifth for his seventh game at multiple home runs. He entered the game hitting .172 with no RBI.

Jo Adell, Kurt Suzuki and Jared Walsh have also gone far for the Angels.

Warren (1-0) was charged with a run in 1 1/3 innings in relief from starter Reid Detmers. Raisel Iglesias threw a scoreless ninth for his second save.

Culberson had a two-run double and three RBIs for the Rangers. Kolby Allard (0-1), who made 17 starts last season, allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings as the third of seven Texas pitchers in a bullpen game.

Matt Bush, 36, of the Rangers pitched the first inning for his first start in 143 major league appearances.

REMARKS

Rangers were 2 for 11 with runners in scoring position, Angels 1 for 2. … Nathaniel Lowe scored a second-inning single and reached base in all seven of Texas’ games this season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Angels: OF Taylor Ward (groin) is set to make his season debut on Saturday night. “He’s ready to roll,” Maddon said. “We can’t wait to get him back. He’s going to be a big part of the middle of our range.

NEXT

Angels RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 0.00 ERA) grew up near Mansfield and, after spending his first six National League seasons with the Mets, is set to make his first major league appearance at Arlington on Saturday night . Rangers LHP Taylor Hearn (0-0, 2.25) is another local, growing up 50 miles east of Arlington in Royse City.

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