Shohei can’t pitch, but can hit

SHOHEI OHTANI was 1 for 2 with a run scored and an RBI Friday night in Angels’ win over Mets (Angels photo).

Shohei Ohtani is back hitting for the Angels and Mookie Betts was back in Boston. The Angels and Dodgers both posted wins on Friday night.

By Pete Zarustica/Orange County Tribune

Shohei Ohtani is finished as a pitcher this year with a torn ligament in his pitching arm, but he still can hit.

In the designated hitter slot, he went 1-for-2 with a double, scored a run and walked three times on Friday night as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the New York Mets 3-1 in the Big Apple.

With the win, the Halos snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 62-67, still in fourth place in the American League West.

Three Angels – Nolan Schanuel, Brandon Drury and Mike Moustakas – drove in runs with singles.

The Halos got a solid pitching performance from Patrick Sandoval (7-10), who worked six innings, yielding just two hits and one earned run. He struck out seven batters and walked four. Carlos Estevez picked up his 27th save shutting out the Mets in the ninth.

The Angels will try to make it two in a row on Saturday when they take on the Mets again. Chase Silseth (4-1) will get the start for the Orange County team.

Betts is welcome, Freeman was the star

By David Arthur/Orange County Tribune

Mookie Betts got an ovation from the fans in his first appearance back at Fenway Park since he left the Boston Red Sox four years ago, but the real star of the game was Freddie Freeman.

The first baseman went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and one run driven in as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Bosox 7-4 on Friday night.

With consecutive three-run innings in the sixth and seventh, the Blue Crew erased an early 3-0 Boston lead and went on to the win. The victory was the third straight and fifth in six games.

Lance Lynn (10-9) got the win, going six innings while giving up 10 hits and three earned runs. He struck out one batter and walked another and was touched for two home runs.

Evan Phillips picked up his 20th save, working a scoreless ninth.

The Dodgers are now 79-48 and lead the National League West by 12.5 games. They’ll take on the Red Sox again on Saturday with Julio Urias (11-6) taking the mound for the visitors.

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