MIAMI — Shohei Ohtani allowed one unearned run in seven dominant innings and had the go-ahead shutout in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
The reigning AL MVP won his fifth straight start, limiting the Marlins to two hits. Ohtani (8-4) walked three and struck out 10 before 18,741, the fourth-largest crowd at loanDepot Park this season.
“I didn’t change much, the most important thing is I made my pitches when I needed to,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I think it’s huge when we win and I compete because I’m part of the ball club.”
Three-time AL MVP Mike Trout was hitless in four at-bats and had an RBI. Trout is 1-for-21 with 13 strikeouts through the first five games of Los Angeles’ nine-game road trip.
Max Stassi doubled and reached base three times to help the Angels snap a four-game sweep.
During his current hitting streak, Ohtani has a 0.27 ERA and has limited opponents to 16 hits in 33 2/3 innings.
“I can go without any concern in my body, fully healthy,” Ohtani said. “It’s a huge reason why I’m playing well.”
Ohtani’s two-RBI single with the bases loaded drove in Miami starter Trevor Rogers (4-7) and hit a triple in the fifth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1.
“He’s one of the best arms in baseball, and then you see him at the plate the same day,” Stasi said of Ohtani. “He’s a superstar pitcher and he’s a superstar hitter.”
Trout was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, tying the game at 1. Rogers’ 96 mph fastball hit Trout in the left knee. Trout limped to first base, where the Angels’ training staff tended to him.
Run singles by Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo in the seventh gave the Angels the lead.
“Up and down the lineup we had guys sacrificing, putting the ball in play,” Angels manager Ray Montgomery said. “We’ve talked endlessly about hitting, contact. I don’t think we did anything different, I think we were better at bats.”
The loss snapped the Marlins’ six-game hitting streak.
Rodgers allowed three runs, four hits, walked two, struck out five and hit two batters in 4 2/3 innings.
The Marlins struck first on Garrett Cooper’s sacrifice fly in the first that ended Ohtani’s scoreless streak of 21 2/3 innings. Leadoff hitter Jon Berti reached on Luis Rengifo’s throwing error and advanced on Joey Wendle’s double.
“When you get one in the first, you feel good about it, but with a guy like (Ohtani), as the game goes on, he gets better and better,” Miami manager Don Mattingly said.
Angels: RHP Austin Warren (right triceps) was scheduled to appear on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake Wednesday. The next step is to play on consecutive days.
Marlins: RHP Edward Cabrera (right elbow tendinitis) threw a 25-pitch session Tuesday with another scheduled for Thursday. … RHP Cody Poteet (right elbow strain) made two innings on rehab assignment with Class-A Jupiter Monday. His next appearance is to be determined.
Angels: RHP Chase Chiselth (1-2, 5.23) will start Thursday as the club begins the final leg of a three-city road trip in Baltimore.
Marlins: LHP Daniel Castano (1-1, 2.47) will start the first game of a four-game series at the NL East-leading New York Mets on Thursday.
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