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Ohtani's RBI, Barria's gem gives Angels 1-0 victory over A's

Shohei Ohtani ended a long run drought with an RBI double, Jaime Barria outdueled Cole Irvin and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 1-0.
Credit: AP
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani, right, follows through to hit an RBI double with Oakland Athletics catcher Sean Murphy, center, watching with home plate umpire Tripp Gibson, left, during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, July 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Shohei Ohtani ended a long run drought with an RBI double, Jaime Barria outdueled Cole Irvin and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Oakland Athletics 1-0.

The Japanese two-way sensation lined a double in the third inning, driving in Matt Thaiss to end the Angels' string of 29 straight scoreless innings against the Athletics. It was Ohtani’s 82nd RBI of the season, which is one behind Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. for the major league lead. 

Barria was outstanding in his second start of the season as he pitched 6 2/3 innings and retired 10 straight at one point. The right-hander gave up six hits and struck out three with one walk and a hit batter.