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Shohei Ohtani played eight goalless innings, allowed just two hits and scored a career-high 13, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-0 win over the Kansas City Royals Wednesday night in Anaheim, California.
The performance came a night after Ohtani scored twice and drove in eight races.
Ohtani (6-4) ceded back-to-back singles to Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi to start the game, but didn’t allow another hit the rest of the way, pulling out the next 16 hitters in a row.
The only Royals hitter to make it to base after the first inning was Merrifield, who went into the sixth but was outed on a double. In all, Ohtani threw 108 shots, a season record.
Ryan Tepera threw a 1-2-3 ninth inning to complete the Angels’ two hitters.
On plate, Ohtani scored 1-3 with two walks.
Angels center Mike Trout and first baseman Jared Walsh had the night off to rest, but the club received a boost from second baseman Luis Rengifo, who had two hits in third place.
David MacKinnon started at first base for Los Angeles and drove in two runs with a sacrificial fly and a single RBI, his first major league career hit.
Royals starter Daniel Lynch (3-7) equaled Ohtani zero to zero in four innings. But in the fifth, the Angels advanced.
With one out, Lynch walked both Taylor Ward and Ohtani. After a single infield from Rengifo carried the bases, MacKinnon hit a sacrificial fly to put the Angels at 1-0.
That was the end of the night for Lynch, who gave up a run in three hits and five walks in 4 2/3 innings, knocking out five and throwing 104 pitches.
The Angels gave Ohtani some breathing room in the seventh inning, scoring some safe runs. Andrew Velazquez led with a walk and scored on Rengifo’s double. MacKinnon followed up with a single RBI for a 3-0 lead.
In the eighth, Velazquez had a single run and Ward hit a double RBI.
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