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Shohei Ohtani has 4 hits, homers twice as Dodgers beat Braves

LOS ANGELES – Shohei Ohtani went 4 for 4 with two home runs, and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Atlanta Braves 5-1 on Sunday afternoon to win the three-game series.

Ohtani launched a Braves hanging curveball and booted Max Fried 450 feet over the center-field fence for a two-run home run in the first inning. He added a pair of singles in the third and sixth before opening the eighth inning with a 400-foot blast off reliever AJ Minter deep into the left-center field bleachers.

It was Ohtani’s first multihomer game with the Dodgers and the 17th of his career. He is now tied with Atlanta’s Marcell Ozuna, the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson for the Major League lead with 10 home runs this season.

According to ESPN Stats and Information research, Ohtani’s 25 extra-base hits rank second in the first 40 games of a season for the Dodgers since 1900. (Adrián González had 26 for LA in 2015.)

Ohtani’s four goals also reached a career high. He is currently hitting .364, tied with the Phillies’ Alec Bohm.

Teoscar Hernandez added a two-run homer and James Paxton picked up a shutout in the seventh inning for the Dodgers. Paxton (4-0) finished with 6 2/3 innings pitched, five hits and one run allowed, two walks and three strikeouts, leaving him undefeated on the season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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