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Ohtani breaks Matsui's home run record, Dodgers rout Mets 10-0 to end LA's skid, NY's win streak

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Ohtani breaks Matsui's home run record, Dodgers rout Mets 10-0 to end LA's skid, NY's win streak
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Ohtani breaks Matsui's home run record, Dodgers rout Mets 10-0 to end LA's skid, NY's win streak

2024-04-22 07:54 Last Updated At:08:01

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani broke Hideki Matsui's major league record for homers by a Japanese-born player with a huge two-run shot in the third inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their three-game skid with a 10-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

Ohtani crushed a 423-foot line drive off Adrian Houser (0-2) deep into the right-field bleachers for the two-time AL MVP's fifth homer of the year and the 176th of his six-plus seasons in the majors with the Angels and Dodgers. That eclipsed the record set by Matsui, the former New York Yankees slugger who played 10 seasons in North America.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is hit with sunflower seeds after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani broke Hideki Matsui's major league record for homers by a Japanese-born player with a huge two-run shot in the third inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped their three-game skid with a 10-0 victory over the New York Mets on Sunday.

New York Mets pitcher Adrian Houser (35) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

New York Mets pitcher Adrian Houser (35) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts, right, tags out New York Mets' Harrison Bader who was trying to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts, right, tags out New York Mets' Harrison Bader who was trying to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after they score on a two-run double by Will Smith during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after they score on a two-run double by Will Smith during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani celebrates after his two-run home run in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani celebrates after his two-run home run in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

“Honestly, I was just relieved I was able to get it over with,” Ohtani said through his interpreter.

Ohtani said Matsui's record was “not something I was cognizant of when I first started my career here, but as I got to know about it,” he began to pay attention to the numbers.

When Ohtani was asked if he also hopes to emulate Matsui's famed playoff poise if and when he finally reaches the MLB postseason, Ohtani joked that he's currently more focused on breaking manager Dave Roberts' record for the most homers by a Japanese-born player in a Dodgers uniform.

Roberts leads Ohtani 7-5 in that competition.

“Hideki Matsui was a great ballplayer, a great home run hitter, a world champion,” Roberts said. “I know that Shohei admired him, so for him to eclipse that mark, it's a big deal. I know whatever kind of mark is ahead of Shohei, he's trying to take them all down.”

Tyler Glasnow (4-1) struck out 10 and held New York to seven singles over eight strong innings while Los Angeles snapped the Mets’ six-game winning streak and salvaged the finale of a disappointing 3-6 homestand.

Andy Pages hit a three-run shot for his first career homer during the Dodgers' eight-run fifth inning. Freddie Freeman and Will Smith also delivered two-run doubles and Mookie Betts had an RBI single in the fifth.

“It's the first complete baseball game I can recall (by the Dodgers this season),” Roberts said. “We were clean defensively. I thought the at-bats were really good, especially the guys at the bottom of the order. ... And then obviously what Tyler did. Just overall, it was fun to just watch a clean baseball game.”

After winning 12 of 15 since their 0-5 start to the season, the Mets were shut out for the second time this year. New York had won eight of its previous nine.

Houser couldn’t control the Dodgers’ potent lineup, giving up seven runs on eight hits and four walks in his fourth start for his new team.

Los Angeles chased Houser with six straight batters reaching base in the fifth. After Betts drove in Pages, Ohtani singled off Houser’s leg before Freeman and Smith delivered back-to-back doubles.

“Just making too many mistakes,” Houser said. “Wasn't able to get in sync in that fifth inning. I need to be able to get some quick outs there and keep the team in the ballgame. These guys have been playing great, and I'm letting them down right now. Can't be doing that. Got to clean some things up.”

In his second at-bat of the inning, Pages put the Dodgers up 10-0 with a long drive to center off Grant Hartwig for his first homer in the 23-year-old Cuban outfielder's fifth major league game.

Glasnow then delivered the shutdown start needed by the Dodgers after they gave up 15 runs to the Mets in the previous two games. Working quickly and efficiently, the veteran right-hander became the first Dodgers starter to pitch into the eighth inning since Clayton Kershaw did it July 15, 2022.

Glasnow, who fell ill during a rocky start against Washington six days earlier, didn't walk a batter, didn't give up an extra-base hit and allowed just one Mets runner to reach second base before the eighth.

New York loaded the bases with three singles in the eighth, but Glasnow struck out pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor to end the inning, pumping his fist to a standing ovation from the crowd of 49,287.

“(I was) having a good day, and then I think if I were to give up runs in the last inning, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Glasnow said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mets: LHP Brooks Raley went on the 15-day injured list with elbow inflammation. He had pitched just once since Monday. New York recalled Hartwig from Triple-A Syracuse. Raley said he had felt pain for “a few days,” but he feels confident in a quick return after getting a cortisone shot.

Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler will make at least one more minor league rehab appearance, taking the mound Wednesday for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Buehler's control hasn't been sharp so far in his return to the mound from Tommy John surgery, so the Dodgers aren't committing to a return date for the longtime pillar of their starting rotation.

UP NEXT

Mets: José Quintana (1-1, 3.05 ERA) takes the mound Monday in San Francisco to open a three-game series.

Dodgers: James Paxton (2-0, 2.81 ERA) starts Tuesday at Washington to open a nine-game trip.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is hit with sunflower seeds after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is hit with sunflower seeds after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

New York Mets pitcher Adrian Houser (35) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

New York Mets pitcher Adrian Houser (35) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts, right, tags out New York Mets' Harrison Bader who was trying to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Mookie Betts, right, tags out New York Mets' Harrison Bader who was trying to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tyler Glasnow delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after they score on a two-run double by Will Smith during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Freddie Freeman (5) after they score on a two-run double by Will Smith during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani celebrates after his two-run home run in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani celebrates after his two-run home run in the dugout during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets in Los Angeles, Sunday, April 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed two bills into law Friday that overhaul state oversight of the funeral home industry after a series of gruesome discoveries, including 190 discomposing bodies in a facility, families being sent fake ashes and the unauthorized sale of body parts.

The cases put Colorado's lax funeral home regulations — some of the weakest in the nation — in the spotlight and rocked hundreds of already grieving families.

Some families had ceremonially spread ashes that turned out to be fake. Others said they had nightmares about what their loved ones might have looked like in a decayed state.

“When grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing a family should worry about is the trustworthiness and professionalism of those entrusted to care for the person who has passed," Polis said in a statement.

The new laws bring Colorado in line with most other states.

One requires regulators to routinely inspect funeral homes and give them more enforcement power. Another implements licensing for funeral directors and other workers in the industry. They would need to pass background checks and a national exam while possessing degrees and work experience.

Previously, funeral home directors in Colorado didn't have to graduate from high school, let alone have a degree.

The funeral home industry was generally on board with the changes though some expressed concern that strict requirements for funeral home directors were unnecessary and would make it difficult to find hirable applicants.

The bill signings follow a rocky year for Colorado funeral homes.

In early October, neighbors noticed a putrid smell coming from a building in the town of Penrose about two hours south of Denver. Authorities soon found 190 decaying bodies there including adults, infants and fetuses.

Some were stacked atop each other. Decomposition fluid covered the floors while flies and maggots swarmed.

Almost two dozen bodies dated to 2019 and some 60 more were from 2020. As the bodies were identified, families who had received ashes learned the cremains weren't their loved ones.

In most states, funeral homes are routinely inspected but no such rules were on the books in Colorado. The owners of the funeral home were arrested in November and collectively face hundreds of charges of abusing corpses and other counts.

Just months later, in February, a woman's body was found in the back of hearse where a suburban Denver funeral home had left it for over a year. At least 30 sets of cremated remains were found stashed throughout the funeral director's home.

Bedayn is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

Mead Gruver in Cheyenne, Wyoming, contributed to this report.

FILE - Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivers the 2024 State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in the House of Representatives in the State Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Denver. Polis is set to sign two bills Friday, May 24, that overhaul the state's oversight of the funeral home industry after a series of gruesome discoveries, including 190 discomposing bodies in a facility, families being sent fake ashes and the unauthorized sale of body parts.(Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP, File)

FILE - Colorado Governor Jared Polis delivers the 2024 State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature in the House of Representatives in the State Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Denver. Polis is set to sign two bills Friday, May 24, that overhaul the state's oversight of the funeral home industry after a series of gruesome discoveries, including 190 discomposing bodies in a facility, families being sent fake ashes and the unauthorized sale of body parts.(Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via AP, File)

FILE - Fremont County coroner Randy Keller, left, and other authorities unload materials that will be used to put up tents at the Return to Nature Funeral Home where over 100 bodies have been improperly stored, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Penrose, Colo. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is set to sign two bills Friday, May 24, 2024, that overhaul the state's oversight of the funeral home industry after a series of gruesome discoveries, including 190 discomposing bodies in a facility, families being sent fake ashes and the unauthorized sale of body parts.(Parker Seibold/The Gazette via AP, File)

FILE - Fremont County coroner Randy Keller, left, and other authorities unload materials that will be used to put up tents at the Return to Nature Funeral Home where over 100 bodies have been improperly stored, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023, in Penrose, Colo. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is set to sign two bills Friday, May 24, 2024, that overhaul the state's oversight of the funeral home industry after a series of gruesome discoveries, including 190 discomposing bodies in a facility, families being sent fake ashes and the unauthorized sale of body parts.(Parker Seibold/The Gazette via AP, File)

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