Ohtani walks twice in Angels’ 12-5 win over White Sox

Shohei Ohtani homered in consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive that was the longest of his major league career, and drove in four runs to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 12-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night. Chicago White Sox.

Mike Trout put the Angels ahead 2-0 with a 476-foot homer in the first that came within four rows of clearing the left-field stands. Taylor Ward also went deep as the Angels hit four two-run home runs plus a solo shot.

“Those are the guys you lean on,” manager Phil Nevin said. “They can certainly put the team on their backs and carry us and that’s what they did today.”

Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball to Lance Lynn (4-6) just left of direct center in the third, where a fan dropped the ball and tried to glove it. That 425-foot drive put the Angels ahead 4-1.

Lynn didn’t even bother to turn and look when Ohtani hit a full-count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center field in the fourth. The two-way Japanese star is hitting .269 with 15 home runs and 38 RBIs along with a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA.

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“I feel good right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I’m putting good swings on pitches that I should be hitting hard.”

Ohtani increased his career total to 13 multi-homer games with his first this season.

Trout hit a hanging curveball for his 13th home run. Ward hit a two-run homer off Jesse Scholtens in the seventh and Chad Wallach, pinch-hitting for Ohtani, hit a solo shot in the ninth off Garrett Crochet.

“Usually when that happens, we’re in a good place to win,” Trout said.

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Trout and Ohtani have homered in the same game for the fifth time this season. The Angels hit a pair of home runs of 450 feet or longer in the same game for the first time since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

Lynn allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks while hitting two batters in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.55. He has allowed 15 home runs, one shy of Kansas City’s Jordan Lyles, the most in the majors. Lynn had won all three of his previous starts.

“It seemed like he didn’t get his way today,” coach Pedro Grifol said. “Just one of those days, man.”

Jaime Barria (2-2) allowed one run and four hits in five innings while striking out six and walking two.

Los Angeles won two of three from the White Sox after being swept by Miami last weekend.

Jake Burger homered for Chicago, which has lost four of five. Burger hit his 11th home run in the ninth and Hanser Alberto hit a two-run double off Tucker Davidson.

Chicago’s Romy Gonzalez, who had homered in three straight games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.

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