Taylor Ward hit a grand slam and finished a single shy of the cycle as the Los Angeles Angels rolled to a 9-5 victory over the Cleveland Guardians for their fourth consecutive victory Wednesday.  On a night when Ohtani showed off his two-way prowess and Trout added a pair of RBI doubles in extending his hitting streak to 10 games, Ward’s pursuit of the Angels’ first cycle since 2019 was the only thing in doubt in the late innings.  With a chance to accomplish the feat in the seventh, Ward swung at the first pitch and flied out to end the inning.

Ward’s slam off Zach Plesac (1-2) in the second inning was the third of his career and gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. The right fielder also had a leadoff double in the first and a triple in the sixth.

Ward missed the first eight games of the season due to a right groin strain, but is batting .395 since returning to the lineup. He has three home runs in the series, including the first multi-homer game of his career on Monday.

Ward is setting the tone right now. The grand slam put us on the right side of things, Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said.

The Angels have won four of six during their homestand and will look for their first four-game sweep over Cleveland at The Big A since 1982 on Thursday afternoon.

The Guardians dropped their sixth straight despite José Ramírez’s two home runs. The All-Star third baseman had two-run shots in the first and eighth innings.