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Shohei Ohtani hits solo home run, RBI double as Dodgers pound Giants 10-2

2024-05-15 14:00 Last Updated At:14:10

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani had a solo home run and an RBI double among his three hits, and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the rival San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Tuesday night.

Ohtani's 12th homer highlighted a four-run fourth inning that was capped by Gavin Lux's RBI triple. Teoscar Hernández doubled home a run and Max Muncy hit a sacrifice fly in the inning, backing Gavin Stone (4-1). Hernández later contributed a two-run triple.

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San Francisco Giants' Thairo Estrada shatters his bat while grounding out to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Shohei Ohtani had a solo home run and an RBI double among his three hits, and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the rival San Francisco Giants 10-2 on Tuesday night.

San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada, left, is unable to reach the throw from catcher Blake Sabol as Los Angeles Dodgers' James Outman steals second during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. Outman reached third on the throwing error by Sabol. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada, left, is unable to reach the throw from catcher Blake Sabol as Los Angeles Dodgers' James Outman steals second during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. Outman reached third on the throwing error by Sabol. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux hits an RBI triple against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux hits an RBI triple against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy watches his sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy watches his sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani smiles as he jogs to the dugout following his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani smiles as he jogs to the dugout following his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani steps into the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani steps into the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against San Francisco Giants pitcher Keaton Winn, background, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against San Francisco Giants pitcher Keaton Winn, background, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Freddie Freeman after his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Freddie Freeman after his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Ohtani’s 446-foot drive landed above the brick facade in right-center for the longest home run at Oracle Park in nearly two years — since Christian Walker connected for a 461-foot drive against Alex Cobb on Aug. 15, 2022.

“You don’t see many guys hitting the ball (to) that part of the ballpark that far. Fortunately I played with one here,” manager Dave Roberts said of home run king Barry Bonds. “That was pretty impressive. ... That’s Barry territory.”

Ohtani thought he might reach the water of McCovey Cove like he watched Bonds do all those years.

“I thought I hit one today,” Ohtani said, “but I was disappointed it didn’t go over.”

Will Smith hit an RBI single in the fifth in the Dodgers' sixth straight victory in the series dating to last year. Los Angeles has won 14 of 17 at Oracle and 10 of 12 overall against the Giants since being swept at home from June 16-18, 2023.

Heliot Ramos hit an RBI single in the sixth for the Giants, but the Dodgers added on in the seventh when Mookie Betts tripled and scored on Ohtani's double.

Ohtani's new teammates with the Dodgers are loving his fast start at the plate.

“This is the first year where he’s really got to focus on hitting so it’ll be a lot of fun to watch,” Stone said.

Miguel Rojas added an RBI double in the ninth for the Dodgers.

Stone allowed one run and five hits over six innings to win his second consecutive start and fourth straight decision. The Dodgers extended a franchise record by allowing four runs or fewer in 21 straight games, winning 17 of them.

Giants starter Keaton Winn (3-6) allowed five runs and five hits in four-plus innings. The right-hander gave way to Randy Rodriguez with two aboard and no outs in the fifth.

Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and manager Bob Melvin came out to the mound to check on the rookie right-hander, who lost his third straight start.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Dodgers: OF Jason Heyward (back) had three at-bats for Triple-A Oklahoma City at Sacramento and got through it healthy, according to Roberts. Heyward was hoping to get to the ballpark and check in with the club. ... RHP Bobby Miller will throw two simulated innings in Arizona on Wednesday. He was placed on the 15-day injured list Saturday with shoulder inflammation.

Giants: An MRI exam of OF Jung Hoo Lee's dislocated left shoulder showed he has structural damage after crashing into the wall Sunday. He met with team doctors Monday night and now will seek a second opinion with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday in Los Angeles. ... LHP Blake Snell (strained left inner thigh) will pitch Friday for Triple-A Sacramento and then rejoin the Giants. ... Jorge Soler (strained right shoulder) hit live pitching and if he is fine afterward will then join Sacramento for a rehab game. ... C Patrick Bailey was placed back on the seven-day concussion list retroactive to Sunday. He came off the concussion list Saturday but was scratched the past two days with symptoms of a cold.

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The Dodgers will have a bullpen game as the Giants start RHP Logan Webb (3-4, 3.38 ERA) in the series finale as San Francisco concludes a 16-day stretch without a day off.

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San Francisco Giants' Thairo Estrada shatters his bat while grounding out to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

San Francisco Giants' Thairo Estrada shatters his bat while grounding out to Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Freddie Freeman during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada, left, is unable to reach the throw from catcher Blake Sabol as Los Angeles Dodgers' James Outman steals second during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. Outman reached third on the throwing error by Sabol. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

San Francisco Giants second baseman Thairo Estrada, left, is unable to reach the throw from catcher Blake Sabol as Los Angeles Dodgers' James Outman steals second during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. Outman reached third on the throwing error by Sabol. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux hits an RBI triple against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Gavin Lux hits an RBI triple against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy watches his sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Max Muncy watches his sacrifice fly against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani smiles as he jogs to the dugout following his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani smiles as he jogs to the dugout following his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani steps into the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani steps into the batter's box during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Francisco Giants, Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against San Francisco Giants pitcher Keaton Winn, background, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, runs the bases after hitting a solo home run against San Francisco Giants pitcher Keaton Winn, background, during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Freddie Freeman after his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani, right, is congratulated by Freddie Freeman after his solo home run against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 14, 2024, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vásquez)

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Brazil’s Supreme Court decriminalizes possession of marijuana for personal use

2024-06-26 06:26 Last Updated At:06:30

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday voted to decriminalize possession of marijuana for personal use, making the nation one of Latin America’s last to do so, in a move that could reduce its massive prison population.

With final votes cast on Tuesday, a majority of the justices on the 11-person court have voted in favor of decriminalization since deliberations began in 2015.

The justices must still determine the maximum quantity of marijuana that would be characterized as being for personal use and when the ruling will enter into effect. That is expected to finish as early as Wednesday.

All the justices who have voted in favor said decriminalization should be restricted to possession of marijuana in amounts suitable for personal use. Selling drugs will remain illegal.

In 2006, Brazil’s Congress approved a law that sought to punish individuals caught carrying small amounts of drugs, including marijuana, with alternative penalties such as community service. Experts say the law was too vague and didn’t establish a specific quantity to help law enforcement and judges differentiate personal use from drug trafficking.

Police continued to arrest people carrying small quantities of drugs on trafficking charges and Brazil’s prison population continued to swell.

“The majority of pre-trial detainees and those convicted of drug trafficking in Brazil are first-time offenders, who carried small amounts of illicit substance with them, caught in routine police operations, unarmed and with no evidence of any relationship with organized crime,” said Ilona Szabó, president of Igarapé Institute, a think tank focusing on public security.

Congress has responded to the top court’s ongoing deliberations by separately advancing a proposal to tighten drug legislation, which would complicate the legal picture surrounding marijuana possession.

In April, the Senate approved a constitutional amendment criminalizing possession of any quantity of illicit substance. The lower house’s constitutional committee approved the proposal on June 12, and it will need to pass through at least one other committee before going to a floor vote.

If lawmakers pass such a measure, the legislation would take precedence over the top court’s ruling but still could be challenged on constitutional grounds.

Speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia, the Senate's president, Rodrigo Pacheco, said it isn't the Supreme Court's place to issue a decision on the matter.

“There is an appropriate path for this discussion to move forward and that is the legislative process,” he said. “It is something that, obviously, arouses broad discussion and it is a subject of preoccupation for Congress.”

Last year, a Brazilian court authorized some patients to grow cannabis for medical treatment after the health regulator in 2019 approved guidelines for the sale of medicinal products derived from cannabis. But Brazil is one of a few countries in Latin America that hasn’t decriminalized the possession of small quantities of drugs for personal consumption.

The Supreme Court’s ruling has long been sought by activists and legal scholars in a country where the prison population has become the third largest in the world. Critics of current legislation say users caught with even small amounts of drugs are regularly convicted on trafficking charges and locked up in overcrowded jails, where they are forced to join prison gangs.

“Today, trafficking is the main vector for imprisonment in Brazil,” said Cristiano Maronna, director of JUSTA, a civil society group focusing on the justice system.

Brazil ranks behind U.S. and China in countries with the highest prison populations, according to the World Prison Brief, a database tracking such figures.

Some 852,000 individuals were deprived of liberty in Brazil as of December 2023, according to official data. Of those, nearly 25% were arrested for possession of drugs or trafficking. Brazilian jails are overcrowded, and Black citizens are disproportionately represented, accounting for more than two-thirds of the prison population.

A recent study by Insper, a Brazilian research and education institute, determined that Black individuals found by police with drugs were slightly more likely to be indicted as traffickers than white people. The authors analyzed over 3.5 million records from Sao Paulo’s public security secretariat from 2010 to 2020.

“An advance in drug policy in Brazil! This is an issue of public health, not security and incarceration,” leftist lawmaker Chico Alencar wrote on X after the ruling.

By contrast, Gustavo Scandelari, a specialist on Brazil’s penal code at law firm Dotti Advogados, said he doesn't foresee the ruling bringing about a significant shift from the status quo, even after the top court establishes a maximum quantity of marijuana for personal use. Scandelari argued that the amount will remain one determinant of whether authorities consider a person a dealer or a user, but not the only one.

As in other countries in the region, like Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, medicinal use of cannabis in Brazil is allowed, though in a highly restricted manner.

Uruguay has fully legalized the use of marijuana, and in some U.S. states recreational use for adults is legal. In Colombia, possession has been decriminalized for a decade, but a law to regulate the recreational use of marijuana so that it can be sold legally failed to pass in the Senate in August. Colombians can carry small amounts of marijuana, but selling it for recreational purposes is not legal.

The same goes for Ecuador and Peru. Both distribution and possession remain illegal in Venezuela.

Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled in 2009 it was unconstitutional to penalize an adult for consuming marijuana if it didn’t harm others. But the law has not been changed and users are still arrested, although most cases are thrown out by judges.

Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2013 although it was only implemented in 2017. Uruguay’s whole industry, from production to distribution, is under state control and registered users can buy up to 40 grams of marijuana per month through pharmacies.

Sá Pessoa reported from Sao Paulo. Associated Press journalists Mauricio Savarese, Regina Garcia Cano and Manuel Rueda contributed to this report.

FILE - Supreme Court justices preside over a trial in Brasilia, Brazil, June 30, 2023. Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, moved toward decriminalizing possession of marijuana for personal use. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

FILE - Supreme Court justices preside over a trial in Brasilia, Brazil, June 30, 2023. Brazil’s Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 25, 2024, moved toward decriminalizing possession of marijuana for personal use. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File)

Demonstrators carry a giant inflatable joint during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Demonstrators carry a giant inflatable joint during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads in Portuguese, "Legalize now," during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Demonstrators hold a banner that reads in Portuguese, "Legalize now," during a march demanding the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

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