LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 43rd home run and Jose Suarez pitched a five-hitter, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 4-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday.
Ohtani connected for a three-run homer in the sixth inning, a 426-foot drive to right field to a chorus of “MVP!” chants. He homered on the same night Kansas City’s Salvador Perez homered twice to reach 40.READ MORE: LA County Reports First Death From West Nile Virus This Season
Ohtani needs four more homers to match the franchise record of 47 set by Troy Glaus in 2000. Of Ohtani’s homers this year, 25 have come at Angel Stadium, breaking the single-season team mark of Glaus, who had 24 at home during his big season.
Ohtani’s home run came a day after he pitched seven impressive innings to beat the Rangers 3-2.READ MORE: Man In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed In Lancaster
Suarez (6-7) punched his glove several times and kept the ball from the final out in his first career complete game in the majors.
The 23-year-old lefty struck out eight, walked none and threw 100 pitches. The only run he permitted came in the ninth when Leody Taveras reached on an infield single to start the inning and later scored on Adolis Garcia’s groundout.
Kolby Allard (3-12), who grew up in Anaheim, retired the first seven batters of the game. Juan Lagares hit a solo home run in the third.MORE NEWS: Man Shot to Death In Los Angeles
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