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Baseball: Shohei Ohtani has 1st hit in 4 games as Angels beat Rangers

Shohei Ohtani doubled for his first hit in four games as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 6-0 on Friday.

After Albert Pujols hit a two-run home run to put the Angels ahead in the bottom of the first, the 23-year-old Ohtani doubled off right-hander Bartolo Colon (2-3) in his first at-bat at Angel Stadium.

Ohtani went 1-for-3 and drew a walk in the Angels’ two-run third. Justin Upton and Pujols singled before the Angels loaded the bases with Ohtani’s walk and scored for a 6-0 lead.

The Japanese two-way sensation was making his first plate appearance since his matchup against countryman Masahiro Tanaka last Sunday when the Angels fell 3-1 to the New York Yankees. He played as designated hitter in the Angels’ three-game series against the Yankees but went hitless in all nine of his at-bats.

Ian Kinsler’s two-run, second-inning homer gave the Angels a 4-0 lead, and right-hander Jaime Barria (5-1) picked up the win for striking out six, while allowing four hits and a walk over six innings.

Ohtani, who is 4-1 on the mound, is scheduled to make his ninth start on Wednesday when the Angels play the Kansas City Royals at Angel Stadium. He allowed a run over five innings and got a no-decision in his previous start last Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers.

All – Kyodo News+

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