Baseball: Kenta Maeda picks up 4th loss after exiting due to right hip strain

Kenta Maeda made a second-inning exit after sustaining a right-hip strain on Tuesday and suffered his fourth loss as the Los Angeles Dodgers lost 6-1 to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Maeda (4-4), who was looking for his third straight win, allowed two runs on three hits and a walk and left the game with two outs in the second at Dodger Stadium. The Japanese righty signaled he was all right during two mound visits, but Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts pulled the starter to avoid further injury.

Maeda is set for an MRI Wednesday. He could land on the disabled list and miss his next strat, according to Dodger Insider.

The 30-year-old surrendered a leadoff double and a walk in the top of the first, but manufactured two easy outs on fastballs and struck out his fifth batter swinging.

In the second, Maeda yielded a solo home run to Nick Williams and a double before being visited by Roberts and a trainer.

After convincing them he was fine, Maeda struck out his opposite number, Philadelphia right-hander Jake Arrieta (5-2), who fanned five and scattered six hits during seven scoreless innings. But Roberts returned to the mound and told Maeda he could not continue.

(Kenta Maeda, C, discusses his strained hip with manager Dave Roberts.)

With an inherited runner on second, Dodgers’ lefty Scott Alexander got into a bases-loaded jam after yielding a walk and a hit, and a two-run grounder put the visitors up 3-0 and cost Maeda a second earned run.

The Phillies scored again in the sixth, but the Dodgers avoided a shutout with a late run in the eighth. The visitors added two more runs in the top of the ninth, and Philadelphia reliever Edubray Ramos retired three straight to seal the win.

Before Tuesday’s game, Maeda had struck out 20 over his last 14-2/3 innings, while giving up only four hits.

In the American League, Shohei Ohtani was confirmed to make his eighth start Wednesday when the Los Angeles Angels take on the Detroit Tigers at Comercia Park.

The two-way Japanese star, who is 4-1 with a 3.35 ERA, was originally scheduled to start on Sunday, but got pushed back due to what Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia called “workload management.”

On Sunday, Ohtani batted in his sixth straight game — the longest streak of his major league career — and was fanned twice by compatriot Masahiro Tanaka, who earned his sixth win of the season when his New York Yankees beat the Angels 3-1.

All – Kyodo News+

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