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LA Angels 9, Texas 4
When: 8:05 PM ET, Monday, April 26, 2021
Where: Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas
Temperature: 79°
Umpires: Home - D.J. Reyburn, 1B - Ron Kulpa, 2B - Brian O'Nora, 3B - Ryan Wills
Attendance: 17766

Shohei Ohtani pitched five innings, had two hits, scored three runs and led the Los Angeles Angels to a 9-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.

Ohtani entered the contest as the first home run leader (tied with seven) to be the starting pitcher in a game since New York Yankees great Babe Ruth did so against Detroit on June 13, 1921.

Mike Trout and Jared Walsh chipped in with four and three hits, respectively, and got home runs from Albert Pujols, Justin Upton and Jose Iglesias among the Angels' season-best 16 hits.

Ohtani (1-0) allowed three hits and walked two. His innings pitched and strikeouts were both season-highs.

Things did not start out well for Ohtani, who gave up four runs in the first inning, including a three-run homer by Nate Lowe. The former Japanese League star needed 29 pitches to get out of the inning but was able to get through the second and third innings on just 16 pitches.

After the first inning, he did not allow another hit until Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled with two out in the fifth.

Texas starter Jordan Lyles gave up an RBI single to Walsh in the first inning, but the Rangers' four-run first gave him a lead until things unraveled in the second and third innings.

Ohtani had a two-run double and Trout an RBI single in the second that tied the game at 4-4. In the third, Upton and Pujols started the inning with back-to-back homers. For Pujols, it was career home run No. 667. Trout had an RBI double later in the inning to put the Angels up 7-4.

Lyles (1-2) got the loss after giving up seven runs on 10 hits and three walks in just 2 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
LA Angels   Texas
Shohei Ohtani Player Jordan Lyles
Win W/L Loss
5.0 IP 2.2
9 Strikeouts 2
3 Hits 10
7.20 ERA 23.62
LA Angels   Texas
Mike Trout Player Nate Lowe
4 Hits 2
2 RBI 3
0 HR 1
5 TB 5
.800 Avg .500
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
LA Angels 16 3 28 .372 22 4 9 3 0 0
Texas 6 1 10 .188 7 12 4 2 1 0