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Ohtani hits 2-run homer and scores go-ahead run on his special day in LA as Dodgers beat Reds 7-3

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Ohtani hits 2-run homer and scores go-ahead run on his special day in LA as Dodgers beat Reds 7-3
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Ohtani hits 2-run homer and scores go-ahead run on his special day in LA as Dodgers beat Reds 7-3

2024-05-18 13:26 Last Updated At:13:30

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani slugged a two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied after blowing a 3-0 lead to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Friday night.

Earlier, the Los Angeles city council proclaimed May 17 as Shohei Ohtani Day in the city for as long as the Japanese two-way superstar plays for the Dodgers. He signed a record $700 million, 10-year contract in December.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani slugged a two-run homer and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning when the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied after blowing a 3-0 lead to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-3 on Friday night.

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, left, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Aaron Bates, right, watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, left, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Aaron Bates, right, watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward gestures as he rounds second after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward gestures as he rounds second after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds third on the way to scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds third on the way to scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush throws out the ceremony first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush throws out the ceremony first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush, left, jokes with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush, left, jokes with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher James Paxton throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher James Paxton throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani heads to first after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani heads to first after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has sunflower seeds tossed at him by Teoscar Hernandez after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has sunflower seeds tossed at him by Teoscar Hernandez after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Ohtani bounced back after being hitless in two at-bats on his first bobblehead night Thursday. The promotion snarled traffic outside Dodger Stadium and created long lines of fans clamoring for one of the 40,000 souvenirs, some of which were quickly offered for sale online at exorbitant prices.

“He didn’t homer on his bobblehead day, so he was due,” manager Dave Roberts said. “That was a ball down below the zone or at the knees and to hit it the other way, spin it really well, a big hit. We just marvel at what he does.”

Ohtani's 30 extra-base hits are tied with former Dodger and Hall of Famer Duke Snider for the most through the team’s first 47 games. Ohtani and teammate Mookie Betts are the only players in the majors with over 100 total bases this season.

Tied at 3, Will Smith singled in Ohtani, who grounded into a fielder's choice to first and was safe at second on a throwing error by shortstop Elly De La Cruz. The Dodgers made it 5-3 when Freddie Freeman scored on a wild pitch by Fernando Cruz (1-5) that sailed to the backstop.

Fresh off the injured list, Jason Heyward hit a two-run homer in the eighth, extending the lead to 7-3.

“Awesome to be back out there. I'll never take it for granted,” he said. “I hate missing games.”

Michael Grove (2-2) got the win with one inning of relief.

Betts homered leading off the bottom of the first for the Dodgers, who avoided their second three-game losing streak of the season.

Ohtani went deep to straightaway left field in the third for his 13th homer of the season.

“The ball comes off hot, but when he goes to left field the right way, he spins the ball the right way and that’s why there’s more carry as well,” Roberts said. “When he takes a good swing on a ball the other way, I’m not surprised it goes out.”

Betts scored after a fielder's choice groundout to shortstop, giving the Dodgers a 3-0 lead.

Betts' throwing error led to Jonathan India scoring the Reds' first run in the fourth.

“Making errors really, really bothers me. Just got to be better than that,” said Betts, who switched to shortstop from right field this season. “I've definitely made some strides, but they've been some pretty short strides.”

Cincinnati got solo shots by Stuart Fairchild in the fifth and Tyler Stephenson with two outs in the sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Reds: Placed LHP Justin Wilson (left shoulder tightness) on the 15-day injured list.

Dodgers: INF Max Muncy (right oblique strain) went on the 10-day IL. He felt it during batting practice Thursday and an MRI on Friday showed a mild strain. ... Transferred RHP Connor Brogdon (right plantar fasciitis) to the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

Reds RHP Graham Ashcraft (3-2, 4.12 ERA) starts Saturday against Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler (0-1, 7.36), who goes in his third game of the season.

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Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shohei Ohtani is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, left, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Aaron Bates, right, watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, left, heads to first after hitting a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Aaron Bates, right, watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds' Tyler Stephenson, right, hits a solo home run as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith watches during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward gestures as he rounds second after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Jason Heyward gestures as he rounds second after hitting a two-run home run during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts, left, is congratulated by Shohei Ohtani after hitting a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds third on the way to scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani rounds third on the way to scoring on a single by Will Smith during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush throws out the ceremony first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush throws out the ceremony first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush, left, jokes with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Former NFL and University of Southern California running back Reggie Bush, left, jokes with former USC quarterback Matt Leinart after throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher James Paxton throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher James Paxton throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frankie Montas throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani heads to first after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani heads to first after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani hits a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has sunflower seeds tossed at him by Teoscar Hernandez after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani has sunflower seeds tossed at him by Teoscar Hernandez after hitting a two-run home run during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17, 2024, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street is holding steadier Thursday following the worst day for big technology stocks since 2022.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.4%, and the Nasdaq composite was rising 0.4% a day after it tumbled 3.7%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was adding 159 points, or 0.4%, to its record, as of 10:25 a.m. Eastern time.

Much of the prior day’s pain centered on stocks of chip companies, hurt by possible trade tensions with China and other worries. But they stabilized as industry giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. reported stronger growth in profit for the latest quarter than analysts expected.

TSMC’s stock that trades in the United States rose 0.7% a day after losing 8%.

Big U.S. chip companies also steadied themselves, including Nvidia. It rose 1.7% to claw back some of its 6.6% plunge and was the strongest single force pushing the S&P 500 upward.

Big technology stocks had been screaming higher, in large part because of a frenzy around artificial-intelligence technology. That helped a handful of Big Tech stocks drive to towering heights, as well as criticism they had grown too pricey. Even after Wednesday's drops, chip companies and tech stocks broadly remain much higher for the year so far. Nvidia is still up 142%, for example.

A general shift has gotten underway on Wall Street over the last week, away from the handful of Big Tech stocks that propped up the market while many stocks struggled under the weight of high interest rates. Instead, investors have been moving toward unloved areas of the market. Momentum shifted after an encouraging report last week on inflation raised expectations for the Federal Reserve to begin easing interest rates in September.

Stocks of smaller companies have been particularly strong, and the Russell 2000 index climbed 0.8% Thursday. It had rallied at least 1% in five of the six prior days.

After lagging badly behind the big stocks in the S&P 500, the smaller stocks in the Russell 2000 have jumped more than 10% this month, more than triple the gain of their larger rivals.

Besides hopes for coming cuts to the Fed's main interest rate, which has been sitting at its highest level in more than two decades, expectations for stronger profit growth from U.S. companies has also helped to drive stocks.

D.R. Horton jumped 12% after the homebuilder reported stronger profit and revenue for the spring than analysts expected. Other homebuilders also jumped to some of the biggest gains in the S&P 500, including a 5.7% climb for Lennar and a 5.6% rise for PulteGroup.

United Airlines rose 2.2% after swinging between earlier gains and losses following its better-than-expected profit report. The airline said conditions may be difficult for the industry given a glut of available flights until the middle of August.

On the losing end was Domino’s Pizza, which dropped 10.8% despite topping analysts’ expectations for profit. The pizza chain temporarily suspended its forecast for how many stores will open globally over the long term. While that’s likely due to reasons beyond the company’s control, analysts said it could frustrate investors.

Chuy’s soared 47.8% after Darden Restaurants said it would buy the Tex-Mex chain in an all-cash deal valuing it at $605 million. Shares of Darden, which owns Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and a suite of other chains, fell 1.6%.

In the bond market, Treasury yields swung following some mixed data on the economy but remained close to where they were the night before.

One report said more workers applied for unemployment benefits last week than economists expected. That could be a signal of a softening job market, though the number remains low compared with history.

A separate report said manufacturing in the mid-Atlantic region is growing much better than economists thought.

The yield on the 10-year Treasury was holding steady at 4.16%, where it was late Wednesday.

Wall Street is hoping for the economy to remain in a “Goldilocks” state, where it’s not so hot that it puts upward pressure on inflation but not so cold that it slides into a recession.

In stock markets abroad, European indexes were higher after the European Central Bank held its main interest rate steady. Asian indexes were mixed.

AP Business Writers Yuri Kageyama and Matt Ott contributed.

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown on July 17, 2024, in New York. Global shares are mostly lower on Thursday, July 18, 2024, with Tokyo's benchmark dipping more than 2%, after Wall Street's record-breaking rally slammed into a wall of worries over potentially worsening trade tensions with China. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

FILE - The New York Stock Exchange is shown on July 17, 2024, in New York. Global shares are mostly lower on Thursday, July 18, 2024, with Tokyo's benchmark dipping more than 2%, after Wall Street's record-breaking rally slammed into a wall of worries over potentially worsening trade tensions with China. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan, File)

A man enters the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in New York. Global stocks have mostly fallen, with shares in London declining after data showed the inflation rate remained steady at the Bank of England's 2% target in June. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

A man enters the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, July 17, 2024, in New York. Global stocks have mostly fallen, with shares in London declining after data showed the inflation rate remained steady at the Bank of England's 2% target in June. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

A person walks in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A person walks in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People stand in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A person wipes his face in blazing heat in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

A person wipes his face in blazing heat in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People ride bicycles in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

People ride bicycles in front of an electronic stock board showing Japan's Nikkei 225 index at a securities firm, Thursday, July 18, 2024, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

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