Ohtani hits MLB-high forty third HR, Suarez CG as Angels beat Texas


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit his main league-leading forty third house run and Jose Suarez pitched a five-hitter, main the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night time.

Ohtani related for a three-run homer within the sixth inning, a 426-foot drive to proper area to a refrain of “MVP!” chants. He homered on the identical night time Kansas Metropolis’s Salvador Perez homered twice to achieve 40.

Ohtani wants 4 extra homers to match the franchise document of 47 set by Troy Glaus in 2000. Of Ohtani’s homers this 12 months, 25 have come at Angel Stadium, breaking the single-season workforce mark of Glaus, who had 24 at house throughout his large season.

Ohtani’s house run got here a day after he pitched seven spectacular innings to beat the Rangers 3-2.

Angels supervisor Joe Maddon stated Ohtani had no hesitation about being in Saturday’s lineup.

“We’re on the identical wavelength,” Maddon stated. “I do know he can do it. He’s bought to inform me the place he’s at bodily. (It’s) completely or one thing very optimistic. And he confirmed it and had some actually good swings. You bought to be drained after (117) pitches.”

Suarez (6-7) punched his glove a number of occasions and stored the ball from the ultimate out in his first profession full recreation within the majors.

The 23-year-old lefty struck out eight, walked none and threw 100 pitches. The one run he permitted got here within the ninth when Leody Taveras reached on an infield single to start out the inning and later scored on Adolis Garcia’s groundout.

“I really feel actually completely happy,” Suarez stated by way of an interpreter. “I used to be on the market within the eighth inning. I couldn’t imagine I used to be nonetheless on the market. It was very thrilling.”

Kolby Allard (3-12), who grew up in Anaheim, retired the primary seven batters of the sport. Juan Lagares hit a solo house run within the third.


Suarez is from Valenzuela and the ball from Saturday’s full recreation win might be headed there as effectively. His dad has a group of memorabilia from Suarez’s younger profession.


The sixth inning unraveled for the Rangers when Allard walked Luis Rengifo and David Fletcher reached on an error by Charlie Culberson.

“If you stroll the nine-hole man and get to the highest of that lineup, Culby tried to hurry that,” Rangers supervisor Chris Woodward stated. “The one purpose he in all probability missed it was he tried to show a double play realizing that Ohtani is developing subsequent. Sadly, it blew by him. At that time, first and second with no one out with Ohtani developing, we’re in hassle. Simply didn’t execute a pitch.”


Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (COVID-related IL) is anticipated again within the rotation to start out on Tuesday.

Angels: OF Justin Upton (again ache) was scratched from Saturday’s lineup after experiencing ache throughout warmups … RHP Alex Cobb (proper wrist) threw a bullpen session at Angel Stadium.


Rangers: LHP Taylor Hearn (4-4, 3.96 ERA) has gained his final two begins and threw a season-high 6 2/3 innings final Sunday. He allowed two runs on six hits.

Angels: RHP Janson Junk (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his main league debut. Junk was a Twenty second-round decide by the New York Yankees, who was acquired within the deal that despatched Andrew Heaney to New York.


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