Shohei Ohtani went 4-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-3 on Wednesday night.
The two-way phenom hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run blast in the eighth at Globe Life Park in Arlington, pushing his season home run tally to 18.
(Ohtani’s 18th home run)
Ohtani is now tied with former Seattle Mariners catcher Kenji Johjima for the most home runs by a Japanese rookie. Johjima hit 18 in 2006.
Jaime Barria pitched five scoreless innings, and Andreloton Simmons drove in three runs, hitting a two-run home run in the third and an RBI single in the seventh.
Ohtani, batting third as the Angels’ designated hitter, drew a walk and had two singles in his other plate appearances.
Earlier in the day, the Angels announced that Ohtani has new damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow and has been advised to undergo surgery.
(Ohtani’s 17th home run)
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