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Ohtani strikes out 12 and drives in two with triple, Javier loses despite 10 K



Ohtani strikes out 12 and drives in two with triple

Shohei Ohtani won his sixth straight start with 12 strikeouts in six innings and hit a two-run triple in the Los Angeles Angels’ 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

The ambivalent Japanese ace, who improved to 9-4, also became the fifth pitcher to add at least 50 strikeouts and give up one or fewer earned runs in five games since these strikes entered the official statistics in 1913. others are Chris Sale (2018), Clayton Kershaw (2014-2015), RA Dickey (2012), and Randy Johnson (1997).

Luis Rengifo had three hits and drove in a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single in the sixth for the Angels, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Trout was absent due to back pain.

Houston’s Dominican starter Cristian Javier (6-5) took the loss after working just 3 2/3 innings in which he allowed three runs and struck out 10.

For the Astros, the Venezuelan José Altuve 3-0. Cuban Yulieski Gurriel 3-1, with an RBI. The Dominican Jeremy Peña 4-0. Puerto Rican Martin Maldonado 2-2.

For the Angels, Venezuelan Luis Rengifo 5-3, with one run scored and two produced. Dominican Jonathan Villar 4-1, with a run scored and an RBI.



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