CHICAGO — Shohei Ohtani pitched consecutive innings, including a 459-foot drive, the longest of his Major League Baseball career, and four walks to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 12-5 Wednesday. scored runs
Mike Trout put the Angels up 2–0 in the first with a 476-foot home run that was four rows from clearing the left field bleachers.
Taylor Ward also went deep as the Angels hit four two-run homers and a solo shot.
“They’re guys you depend on,” said manager Phil Nevin. “He can definitely put the team on his back and carry us and that’s what he did today.”
Ohtani drove a first-pitch fastball from Lance Lynn (4-6) into the third straight to left-center, where the ball was dropped by a fan who tried to glove it. That 425 foot drive put the Angels up 4–1.
Lynn didn’t even bother to turn and look when Ohtani hit a full count fastball more than a dozen rows over the bullpen in right-center in the fourth. The two-way Japanese star is batting .269 with 15 homers and 38 RBI for a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA.
“I feel good right now,” Ohtani said through a translator. “I’m throwing good swings at pitches I need to hit hard.”
Ohtani raised his career total to 13 multihomer games this season.
Trout hit a hanging curve for his 13th home run. Ward hit a two-run homer against Jesse Scholtens in the seventh, and Chad Wallach, who pinch hitted for Ohtani, hit a solo homer in the ninth off Garrett Crockett.
Trout said, “Usually when that happens, we’re in a good position to win.”
Trout and Ohtani homered in the same game for the fifth time this season. The Angels hit 450-foot or more home runs in a single game for the first time since they began tracking Statcast in 2015.
Lynn allowed eight runs, eight hits and two walks while striking out two batters in four innings, raising his ERA to 6.55. He has given up 15 home runs, one short of the major league high of Jordan Lyles of Kansas City. Lynn had won his last three matches.
Manager Pedro Grifol said, “It looked like he didn’t go with anyone today.” “Just one of those days, man.”
Jaime Barea (2-2) allowed one run and four hits with six strikeouts and two walks over five innings.
Los Angeles has won two of three from the White Sox after losing to Miami last weekend.
Jake Burger homered for Chicago, which has lost four of the five. Burger hit his 11th homer in the ninth and Hanser Alberto hit a two-run double off Tucker Davidson.
Chicago’s Romy Gonzalez, who had pitched in three straight games, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.