ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Shohei Ohtani struck out nine after a shaky first inning on the mound, and also scored three runs and drove in two in a start like none since Babe Ruth 100 years earlier, as the Losthe Texas Rangers 9-4 on Monday night.
A day after hitting his seventh, Ohtani (1-0) became the first home run leader to be the starting pitcher for a game since Ruth for the New York Yankees against Detroit on June 13, 1921. It was the Ohtani pitched and batted second.
The Japanese right-hander gave up four runs in the first inning before retiring 14 of the last 15 batters he, with all his strikeouts in that span.
After drawing a one-out walk and scoring on Jared Walsh’s, Ohtani threw 28 pitches in the bottom of that inning, including four walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch. But the hit a two-run double and scored on a single by Mike Trout.
ahead to stay with back-to-back homers to start the third off Texas starter Jordan Lyles (1-2), who allowed seven runs and ten hits in 2 2-3 innings. José Iglesias went deep off Hyeon-Jong Yang, the lefty from , making his big league debut.
Trout also had anamong his four hits in return to the lineup to raise his average to .426. He had missed three games over the weekend in Houston because of a bruised left elbow after getting hit by a against the Astros on Thursday.
Texas went ahead on Nate Lowe’s sixth homer, a three-runhim an MLB best-matching 21 RBIs. David Dahl’s sacrifice fly made it 4-1, the first of the final 15 batters Ohtani faced in his five innings.
In his previous start on the mound, last Tuesday at home against the Rangers, Ohtani became the first starting pitcher since 1901 with four scoreless innings with at least six walks and seven strikeouts. He allowed only one hit in the Angels’ 6-2 victory.
That was his first time on the mound4 after dealing with a blister issue on the middle finger of his throwing hand. Ohtani smashed a 451-foot homer in that first start and pitched a two-hit ball into the fifth inning against the .
only 47 to get through his final four innings. He got one last at-bat in the sixth, with a bunt single away from the shift before scoring on the by Walsh. Aaron Slegers took over on the mound and in the batting order, though he didn’t get an at-bat.
Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon was back in the lineup after missing 11 games with a. He was activated from the before the game. To make room on the roster, the Angels optioned infielder Luis Rengifo.
Rangers: To make room on the 40-man roster for Yang, the Rangers transferred first baseman/outfielder Ronald Guzmán (torn meniscus right knee) from the. Guzmán was on April 13 and is scheduled for season-ending surgery Wednesday.
Rangers RHP Mike Foltynewicz (0-3, 5.32 ERA) and LHP José Quintana (0-1, 9.00) are the starting matchup again, like last Wednesday in aat Los Angeles that the Rangers won 7-4. Foltynewicz gave up an MLB-high eight homers, including solo shots to Ohtani, Trout, and Upton .
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