Anaheim, CA (AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit 43 home runs to lead the major leagues, Jose Suarez hit five hits, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 on Saturday.
Otani connected to the chorus of “MVP!” With a three-run home run in the sixth inning and a 426-foot drive to the right fielder. Chant. He returned home twice on the same night with Salvador Perez in Kansas City, reaching 40.
Otani needs four more Homers to match the 47 franchise records set by Troy Glaus in 2000. season.
Otani’s home run was the day after he threw an impressive 7 innings, beating the Rangers 3-2.
Suarez (6-7) punched the glove several times and defended the ball from the final with his first complete game in the majors.
The 23-year-old left-handed hit 8 and threw 100 balls without walking. The only run he allowed was the ninth when Leody Taveras started the infield hit and later scored on the ground out of Adolis Garcia.
Growing up in Anaheim, Kolby Allard (3-12) retired the first seven batters of the game. Juan Lagares hit a solo home run in the third inning.
Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (COVID-related IL) will start in rotation on Tuesday.
Angels: OF Justin Upton (backache) was scratched from Saturday’s lineup after experiencing pain during the warm-up … RHP Alex Cobb (right wrist) threw a bullpen session at Angel Stadium.
Rangers: LHP Taylor Hearn (4-4, 3.96 ERA) won the last two starts and threw the best 62/3 innings of the season last Sunday. He allowed two runs with six hits.
Angels: RHP Janson Junk (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his major league debut. The junk was a 22nd round pick by the New York Yankees, which was acquired in a deal that sent Andrew Heaney to New York.
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