Ohtani strikes out 8 on 117 pitches, Angels beat Rangers 3-2

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Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) tosses his glove as he returns to the dugout in the middle of the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Friday, Sep. 3, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)


ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani allowed two runs, struck out eight and threw a stateside career-high 117 pitches in seven innings, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 3-2. The Japanese two-way star leads the majors with 42 homers and dropped his ERA to 2.97. He went at least seven innings for the fifth time in 20 starts this season. He reached at least 100 pitches for the fourth time in 32 big league starts. His previous high pitch count was 110 against Tampa Bay on May 20, 2018. The last time Ohtani threw at least 117 pitches was his last regular-season game in the Japanese League.

Carl Standridge