DETROIT – Shohei Ohtani got a no-decision in his anticipated return to the mound Wednesday, allowing one run over five innings in the Los Angeles Angels’ 6-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Ohtani was making his first start since manager Mike Scioscia nixed his awaited pitching duel with compatriot Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees last weekend in order to give the 23-year-old more rest.
Ohtani left the game after the fifth inning with the score tied 1-1. He struck out five and walked three, while allowing three hits.
He had his slider and vaunted splitter working, giving an eye-catching exhibition of his pitching repertoire in a three-pitch strikeout of Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias in the bottom of the fifth.
“I was having a tough time from the first inning, but I think I managed to make a game off it,” Ohtani said. “The quality of my pitches and my comfort throwing improved gradually.”
Detroit sealed the win in the sixth, scoring five runs in the inning, four of them off reliever Cam Bedrosian (1-1).
Yankees 5, Astros 3
In New York, Luis Severino struck out 11 in seven overpowering innings, beating longtime Yankees nemesis Dallas Keuchel for the second time this year.
Nationals 2, Orioles 0
In Baltimore, Max Scherzer pitched eight innings of two-hit ball to earn his eighth consecutive win, Bryce Harper hit his 18th homer and Washington finished a three-game series sweep.
Pirates 2, Cubs 1
In Pittsburgh, Joe Musgrove tossed seven strong innings for Pittsburgh.
Indians 9, White Sox 1
In Cleveland, Corey Kluber worked six shutout innings and reached eight victories before any other AL pitcher.
Brewers 3, Cardinals 2
In Milwaukee, Alex Reyes threw four scoreless innings for St. Louis in his return from Tommy John surgery, but Orlando Arcia hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the Brewers’ two-run seventh.
Red Sox 6, Blue Jays 4
In Boston, J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer over the Green Monster to lift the Red Sox.
Mets 4, Braves 1
In Atlanta, Brandon Nimmo and Adrian Gonzalez each drove in two runs.
Royals 11, Twins 8
In Kansas City, Mike Moustakas and Jorge Soler homered for the hosts.
Giants 7, Rockies 4
In Denver, Brandon Crawford kept up his May hitting surge by lining a pair of singles, and Gorkys Hernandez had a diving catch in center field to thwart a rally.
Reds 7, Diamondbacks 4
In Phoenix, Adam Duvall’s grand slam erased an early four-run deficit as Cincinnati rallied for the win.
Rays 6, Athletics 0
In Oakland, Tampa Bay’s Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of no-hit ball in his return to the majors.
Dodgers 8, Phillies 2
In Los Angeles, Ross Stripling fanned nine batters to increase his total to 28 over his last three starts and Matt Kemp homered and drove in four runs.
Rangers 7, Mariners 6
In Seattle, Robinson Chirinos delivered a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh.
Padres 3, Marlins 2
In San Diego, pinch hitter Hunter Renfroe’s infield single in the ninth led to two runs when third baseman Miguel Rojas followed with a throwing error.
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