Shohei Ohtani pitched five innings, collected two hits. He scored three runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-4 win over the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, on Tuesday night. Ohtani started the game as the first home run leader (tied with seven) to create a game since New York Yankees legend Babe Ruth did so on June 13, 1921, against Detroit.
A day after tying for the MLB lead with his seventh home run, Ohtani (1-0) became the first home run leader to start a game since Ruth did so for the New York Yankees against Detroit on June 13, 1921. Ohtani pitched and batted second for the second time this season.
Mike Trout and Jared Walsh each had four hits, and the Angels received home runs from Albert Pujols, Justin Upton, and Jose Iglesias. Ohtani (1-0) surrendered three hits and drew two walks. Afterwards, His strikeouts and innings pitched were both season highs.
Ohtani’s night did not begin well, as he surrendered four runs in the first inning. Including a three-run home run by Nate Lowe. The former Japanese League star required 29 pitches to escape the inning. But still short of just 16 pitches to complete the second and third innings.
Shohei Ohtani hits a home run and pitches into the fifth inning for the Angels
He did not allow another hit after the first before Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled with two outs in the fifth. Texas starter Jordan Lyles gave up an RBI single to Walsh in the first inning. Still, the Rangers’ four-run first gave him a cushion until the second and third innings, when things unravelled.
Ohtani’s two-run double and Trout’s RBI single tied the game at 4-4 in the second. Upton and Pujols led off the third inning with back-to-back home runs. It was Pujols’ 667th career home run. Later in the inning, Trout added an RBI double to bring the Angels up 7-4.
Lyles (1-2) was charged with the loss after surrendering seven runs on ten hits . Three walks in just two and a third inning, his shortest start of the season.
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