ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani extended his scoreless streak to 21 2/3 innings while throwing a five-hit run in the sixth with 11 strikeouts in the Los Angeles Angels’ 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Chicago White Sox Wednesday night.
Ohtani went 0 for 3 with a walk at home plate, but Luis Rengifo hit a two-run homer and Mike Trout had an early RBI double as the Angels ended their disappointing nine-game stint on a high due to their two-way superstar. work on the mound.
Ohtani (7-4) had five singles and a walk while earning his fourth straight start. The AL MVP hasn’t allowed a run since the fifth inning of his brilliant seven-inning outing in Boston on June 9, giving him a .34 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings in of his last four starts.
Ohtani’s streak included scoreless efforts in wins over Seattle and Kansas City before that tough challenge against the White Sox, who had 17 hits and 11 runs a night earlier. After knocking out a career-high 13 Royals last week, Ohtani hit double-digit strikeouts for the fifth time this season against Chicago.
Michael Kopech (2-5) gave up five hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who lost six of eight.
Chicago avoided its third shutout loss of the season when Luis Robert reached shortstop Andrew Velazquez’s pitching error and finally scored on the crazy pitch of Ryan Tepera in the eighth.
Tepera escaped that jam and Raisel Iglesias pitched in the ninth for his 15th save.
Ohtani gave up two singles while racking up three strikeouts in the first inning, and the Angels scored moments later when Taylor Ward delivered a first single and came on Trout’s double. Trout then scored when Kopech erred on first base as Chicago tried to convert a tricky 3-6-1 double play.
Ohtani escaped a goal-laden block in the fourth after allowing two more singles and a walk, knocking out Josh Harrison with a slider. Ohtani also hit back for two fastballs over 100 mph during the inning.
Angels interim manager Ray Montgomery fired Ohtani with Jose Abreu first after Ohtani knocked out Gavin Sheets with his 108th pitch, tying his season high. Abreu came in third when reliever Jose Quijada gave up a long single to AJ Pollock, but Quijada escaped the jam.
Rengifo doubled Los Angeles’ lead and chased Kopech with his two-point shot into the ficus beyond center field later in the sixth.
White Sox: Yoan Moncada was in a lot of pain after fouling a foot ball in the eighth, but he stayed.
Angels: LF Brandon Marsh was back in the lineup a day after leaving early with a bruised right knee.
White Sox: After a day of travel, Lance Lynn (1-1, 6.19 ERA) takes to the mound in San Francisco on Friday to open a weekend series against the Giants.
Angels: After a day of travel, Michael Lorenzen (6-5, 4.24 ERA) takes to the mound in Houston on Friday to open a nine-game road trip and three-game series against the AL West-leading Astros .