Shohei Ohtani throws strong seven innings and starts a run in Angels’ win over Red Sox

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws in the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif. Associated press / Ashley Landis

ANAHEIM, Calif .– Shohei Ohtani pitched seven innings of five hits and scored an early RBI brace, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

The multi-talented All-Star selection of the Angels gave up two and took four in another superb two-way performance against the AL-leading Red Sox, winning their clash with fellow All-Star Nathan Eovaldi in their final mound begins before next week’s game in Denver.

Ohtani (4-1) failed to produce a batter in his first mound start since a terrible outing last week at Yankee Stadium, where he scored four goals in the first inning. The start was also his first outing at the mound since being voted All-Star by other players as a pitcher in addition to his previous fan selection as a hitter.

Despite going 1 for 4 at plate and failing to score for the second game in a row after hitting 14 in his previous 17 games, Ohtani still managed a brace in the first inning. which allowed the Angels’ first point.

Max Stassi hit a two-run homer and doubled and singles for the Angels, while David Fletcher went 4 for 4 in their fifth win in six games.

Raisel Iglesias left Hunter Renfroe’s homerun with two hits and two outs in the ninth, but finished strong in his 17th save.

JD Martinez did both Boston races against Ohtani, but the Red Sox lost only for the second time in 12 games.

Eovaldi (9-5) produced nine hits and five runs while getting into the sixth inning for the Red Sox. The right-hander struck out nine on catches, but the Angels tied the second-most hitting tally against the Boston All-Star selection this season.

Ohtani looked comfortable again at Angel Stadium, where he has a 1.87 ERA in eight starts. He lowered his overall ERA for the season to 3.49.

Kiké Hernández netted a brace on Ohtani’s third pitch, and the former Dodgers utility scored on the volley of Martinez’s sacrifice.

But after Fletcher extended his career-best 20-game hitting streak with a brace on Eovaldi’s first pitch, Ohtani brought him home with a net right double. Stassi followed two hitters later with his sixth homer in a rather impressive season.

Ohtani kept Boston off the board again until the sixth when Connor Wong doubled up and scored on Martinez’s single.

Angels center fielder Juan Lagares then finished the round by depriving Xander Bogaerts of a two-run homerun, perfectly timing his jump for a one-handed grab. The problem is the revenge of the Angels, who lost a home run against the glove of Hernández on Monday.

Phil Gosselin doubled up and finally scored on the withdrawal of José Iglesias in the sixth. Eovaldi left after delivering his first two walks of the night, but Fletcher beat an RBI infield single that put Los Angeles ahead 5-2 before Brandon Workman hit Ohtani with the bases loaded to get there. end.


Fletcher’s hitting streak is the longest in the AL this season and the longest for the Angels since Kendrys Morales also had a hit 20 in a row in 2009.


Red Sox: OF Marwin González retired with right hamstring strain after injuring himself running on the bases on Monday. He probably won’t play again until Friday, manager Alex Cora said. … LHP Chris Sale kicked off live batting practice on Monday, Cora said. The seven-time All-Star will likely pitch another mock game Saturday at Fort Myers before taking a rehab assignment in the minor leagues.

Angels: 3B Anthony Rendon has entered the 10-day injured list for the third time already this season with a left hamstring problem. The $ 245 million slugger has six homers and will miss 31 of the Angels’ first 89 games.


Andrew Heaney (4-6, 5.40 ERA) is trying to bounce back after posting a 9.64 ERA in his last three starts when he takes the mound for the Halos in the series finale. Boston versus Eduardo Rodríguez (6-4, 5.42), who pitched six scoreless innings in Oakland last week.

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