Skip to Content Facebook Feature Image

Ward hits two-run homer to back Canning and help Angels beat Athletics 5-1

ENT

Ward hits two-run homer to back Canning and help Angels beat Athletics 5-1
ENT

ENT

Ward hits two-run homer to back Canning and help Angels beat Athletics 5-1

2024-06-25 13:06 Last Updated At:13:11

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer, Griffin Canning pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Monday night.

Ward gave the Angels a 2-0 lead with his drive to right field in the first inning and he had a ninth-inning leaping catch at the wall for the second consecutive game. He did the same at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

More Images
Los Angeles Angels Luis Rengifo is hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Taylor Ward hit a two-run homer, Griffin Canning pitched seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Oakland Athletics 5-1 on Monday night.

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward throws to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward throws to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Michael Stefanic, right, tags out Oakland Athletics' Miguel Andujar at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Michael Stefanic, right, tags out Oakland Athletics' Miguel Andujar at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels Taylor Ward (3) hits a home run as Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers watches during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels Taylor Ward (3) hits a home run as Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers watches during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

“Very poetic,” Angels manager Ron Washington said of Ward’s performance. “We certainly needed what he gave us in the first inning and we needed to stop the momentum back there in the ninth inning.”

Zach Neto, Luis Rengifo and Willie Calhoun each had a pair of hits and Neto scored twice.

The Angels, 25th in the majors with their 4.03 runs per game, got more than enough Monday thanks to Canning's strong outing.

Canning (3-8) gave up one earned run and struck out five. He allowed just five hits, including Tyler Nevin's first-pitch home run in the second inning, and consistently pitched from ahead in the count.

“I’m just proud of that,” Canning said. “That’s what we preach and I haven’t necessarily done that very well this year. I’m super happy about it.”

The A’s have lost three straight games and four of the last five. The Angels had lost three of four. In the two-run third, Logan O’Hoppe drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Ward scored on an error.

Luis Medina, who made his major league debut for Oakland in Anaheim a year ago, was chased after three innings. Medina (1-3) gave up four runs, three earned, and struck out four.

“He had zero command tonight,” Athletics manager Mark Kotsay said. “It’s tough when you go out there and don’t have command and can’t execute pitches. He gave everything he had. Eighty pitches in three innings is a lot of work to give up four runs. We’ll go back to taking a dive into figuring out what’s causing this and make corrections.”

Canning, on the other hand, had one of his best outings of the year.

“He was outstanding,” Washington said. “At one point, he was 9 for 9 on first-pitch strikes. Over the game, he threw 20 of 25. I congratulated him when I told him that. It was awesome. He was in control the whole night, even though he threw close to 100 pitches.”

Los Angeles Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh took in Angels batting practice and chatted with Washington and players.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling (strain, throwing elbow) and RHP Patrick Blackburn (stress reaction in right foot) are each on the road trip and expected to throw bullpen sessions in Anaheim. Angels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (elbow) has a torn flexor and UCL and will have season-ending surgery soon.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Mitch Spence (4-3, 3.86 ERA) is 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA over his last four starts after he went 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA through his first three starts. Angels: LHP Tyler Anderson (6-7, 2.48 ERA) is ranked fifth in the AL with a 2.08 ERA.

AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/mlb

Los Angeles Angels Luis Rengifo is hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels Luis Rengifo is hit by a pitch during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward throws to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Taylor Ward throws to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Michael Stefanic, right, tags out Oakland Athletics' Miguel Andujar at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Michael Stefanic, right, tags out Oakland Athletics' Miguel Andujar at second base during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Griffin Canning throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels Taylor Ward (3) hits a home run as Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers watches during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

Los Angeles Angels Taylor Ward (3) hits a home run as Oakland Athletics catcher Shea Langeliers watches during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Monday, June 24, 2024. (AP Photo/Eric Thayer)

HONG KONG (AP) — A top Chinese university fired a professor on Monday, a day after a graduate student accused him of sexual harassment on social media in a rare public allegation and posted recordings as evidence, drawing widespread support.

The woman, who identified herself as Wang Di, said she is studying in a doctoral program at Renmin University of China’s School of Liberal Arts. She posted a 59-minute video on Sunday on the Weibo social media platform in which she said her supervisor, an ex-vice dean and former Communist Party representative at the school in Beijing, physically and verbally abused her.

She also said that for more than two years after she rejected him, he assigned her many tasks, scolded her and threatened that she would not graduate. She also posted audio clips which she said were evidence of the harassment. In one, a man could be heard trying to kiss a woman, who kept saying, “No, no, teacher.”

“At this moment, I can no longer endure it and have nowhere to retreat, so I am speaking out,” she wrote. She demanded that the professor be punished and a new supervisor be appointed for her. She wore a mask in the video, but held up an identification card.

Her post drew 2.2 million likes as of Monday evening, with many users leaving comments in support of the student.

Renmin University said Monday it concluded that the complaints against the professor were true following an investigation. In addition to sacking him, it also revoked his party membership and reported the incident to authorities in accordance with the law, it said in a statement on Weibo.

It said the academic had “seriously betrayed the original mission of teaching and educating” and that his acts violated party discipline and school rules.

The professor did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

After the university announced its decision, the woman's post on Weibo disappeared.

The Associated Press does not generally name people who say they are victims of sexual harassment unless they publicly identify themselves.

In China, public accusations of sexual harassment have become rare in recent years following an uptick during a brief #MeToo movement that was swiftly snuffed out by the government. The ruling Communist Party views powerful social movements as a potential threat to stability and its hold on power.

In June, a Chinese journalist who promoted women’s rights as part of the #MeToo movement was sentenced to five years in prison on charges of incitement to subvert state authority, according to her supporters.

In one of the most high-profile cases, former Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view after accusing former high-level official Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault in 2021. Her accusation was quickly scrubbed from the internet and discussion of it remains heavily censored.

People past near the logo for Renmin University outside the main campus in Beijing, Monday, July 22, 2024. A PhD student at Renmin University, one of the top universities in the country, accused her supervisor, also party secretary and vice dean of School of Liberal Arts of molesting her and taking revenge after being rejected, and threatening not to let her graduate. The university has responded saying it will launch an investigation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

People past near the logo for Renmin University outside the main campus in Beijing, Monday, July 22, 2024. A PhD student at Renmin University, one of the top universities in the country, accused her supervisor, also party secretary and vice dean of School of Liberal Arts of molesting her and taking revenge after being rejected, and threatening not to let her graduate. The university has responded saying it will launch an investigation. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Recommended Articles