Anthony Rendon offers the Angels 5-4 first leg win against the Nationals

The Angels bounced back for three runs in the lower ninth inning for a dramatic 5-4 first leg win over the Washington Nationals in front of a crowd of 32,337 on Mother’s Day at Angel Stadium on Sunday.

Trailing 4-2 and facing the nearest Nationals Tanner Rainey, Luis Rengifo kicked off the ninth inning with a walk to sign. Taylor Ward spotted right, advancing Rengifo to third.

Mike Trout struck with a 97mph fastball for the second out, but Shohei Ohtani, unsuccessful in three previous at-bats of the day, drove an 88mph slider off the center wall of the field for a double of two runs and a 4-4 draw.

Anthony Rendon, the former Nationals third baseman who was facing the team he won a World Series with in 2019, fielded a single in the center of the field and Ohtani beat Victor Robles’ home shot to score the game’s winner, the Angels poured out of their camp. Rendon bench and mobbing.

The Angels stressed Washington star Erick Fedde in three of five goalless innings, five walks and four right-hander strikeouts, but were unable to score after loading bases with one out in the first and putting in two. with one eliminated in the third and fourth.

Max Stassi ran aground in choosing a late inning defender to finish the first. Nationals shortstop Alcides Escobar made a superb backhand dive on Rendon’s sharp bottom to the hole and pitched in second place for the second out in the third, and Jared Walsh landed at the mound.

Andrew Velazquez flew to center and Ward struck looking at a quick 89 mph cut that Fedde positioned at the top of the zone on the outside corner to finish the fourth.

After scoring once on a groundout in the third, Washington pushed his lead to 3-0 in the sixth when Nelson Cruz scored and took third place on Maikel Franco’s soft single to dexterize Angels star Patrick Sandoval. Lane Thomas struck a sacrifice sprint to the right, and Escobar struck a single two to center rescuer Mike Mayers.

The Angels narrowed the gap to 3-2 at the bottom of the sixth as Walsh scored in the middle, Stassi walked and Brandon Marsh advanced the runners with a sacrificial bunt against reliever Josh Rogers.

Angels manager Joe Maddon sent Jack Mayfield to strike for Wade. National team manager Dave Martinez has called up right-footed Kyle Finnegan. Mayfield slapped 96 mph ballast on the outside half along the right field line for a single of two runs, but Velazquez landed a double play to end the innings.

Washington faced another run in seventh place as Cesar Hernandez, Juan Sogo and Josh Bell opened with consecutive singles from reliever Oliver Ortega, Bell’s success gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead and putting the runners first and in third place without eliminated.

But Ortega minimized the damage by hitting Cruz with an 81 mph curve, Yadiel Hernandez with a 94 mph fastball, and convincing Franco to knock to the ground.

The Nationals loaded the bases with an elimination in the third when Riley Adams walked, Escobar chose right field and Cesar Hernandez chose hard left.

Soto followed up with a center shot which Velazquez, stationed on the second base side of the bag, made a backhand dive. Velazquez knelt down and did the best impersonation of Ernie DiGregorio, making a 12-foot pass behind second baseman Tyler Wade for the force out of him.

A point scored on the game for a 1-0 lead over the Nationals, but the web gem prevented a bigger inning, as Sandoval knocked out the next hitter, Bell.