Shohei Ohtani struck out 11 in seven shutout innings, along with two hits and an RBI, as the Los Angeles Angels blew out the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Thursday.
The Japanese, who made his debut in Babe Ruth’s original home, prompted 11 Boston batters to swing — the most of Ohtani’s career (3-2) and the most of any pitcher this year.
Ohtani, who since Ruth is the player who has shone the most simultaneously as a hitter and a pitcher, threw 99 pitches, of which 81 were strikes, the most in his career.
Jarred Walsh drove in four runs. He hit a two-run homer off the left-field foul pole in the seventh inning to break a scoreless tie.
The Angels turned a two-run difference into a blowout in the eighth when Ohtani’s line drive hit the “Green Monster” with such force that it knocked his number off the manual board.
Anthony Rendon followed with an RBI single that ended Tanner Houck (2-2) and Walsh added a two-run shot, taking advantage of an infield move, to make it 7-0.
For the Angels, no Latin Americans hit.
For the Red Sox, the Dominicans Rafael Devers 4-1, Franchy Cordero 4-0. Mexican Alex Verdugo 4-0.