ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - 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 Los Angeles ahead in the bottom of the first inning, 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 Los Angeles loaded the bases with Ohtani’s walk and scored for a 6-0 lead.
“We did things well from the start and scored a lot of runs, so I was able to take advantage of that extremely good situation,” Ohtani said. “In those circumstances, I was able to do my part.”
Ohtani 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. Ohtani was the designated hitter in the 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 Los Angeles a 4-0 lead, and right-hander Jaime Barria (5-1) picked up the win by striking out six, while allowing four hits and a walk over six innings.
Pujols went 2-for-4, and his single in the third inning was the 3,023rd hit of his career to tie Lou Brock for 27th place.
While Pujols made his steady march up the record books, the emergence of Barria (5-1) continued by striking out six while allowing four hits and one walk. The 21-year-old righty has won four of his last five starts.