Ohtani clubbed his 20th and 21st homeruns of the season hours after announcing he would take part in the annual MLB home run show on July 12 at Coors Field in Denver.
Ohtani’s first shot was a line to right field that was part of the fifth inning of three Angels home runs. His second went to the opposite of left center fielder in the eighth, helping the team back to the 0.500 mark at 35-35.
Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh also scored in the fifth, Rengifo’s first of the season coming in his second game since returning from Triple-A. Walsh, who became the Angels’ daily first baseman after leaving in early May of Albert Pujols, reached his 16th birthday.
Starter of the Tigers José Urena (2-7) was shaken for seven runs on seven hits with three walks in 4 1/3 innings. It was the second straight start Urena allowed seven earned runs, also doing so on Saturday against the Chicago White Sox.
It was the Angels’ second game at full capacity this season, with a crowd of just 22,734 announced.
The second Ohtani home of the game came from the Tigers right-hander Joe Jiménez and gave him his fourth career multihomer game and his first this season. He entered Friday three behind a major league lead held by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays and Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres.
Only four Angels players have managed 20 home runs with 10 stolen goals before the All-Star break, with Ohtani now joining Mike Truite (2014, 2018), Troy Glaus (2000) et Don Baylor (1978-79).
Starter of angels Alex Cobb (5-2) allowed one run on three hits in the 5 2/3 inning with two walks and eight strikeouts. The race was not deserved. Cobb’s exit came after he allowed five runs in consecutive starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
The Angels received an RBI single from Kean Wong in the second inning and a scoring double from Taylor Quarter in the third to take a 2-0 lead, before Rengifo, Ohtani and Walsh all sank into the fifth to take a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers finally broke through Cobb in the sixth inning when Miguel Cabrera hit a double RBI on the right field wall. Cabrera, who has 492 career homers, narrowly came close to matching Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th place on the career roster.
Ward added a two-run brace in a three-run sixth inning as the Angels took a 10-1 lead, while the Tigers’ Willi Castro had an RBI single in Angels seventh right-hander Chris Rodriguez. The Tigers scored their last point on a Robbie Grossman crushed in the ninth.
Tigers: LHP Matthieu Boyd was diagnosed with muscle tendonitis, according to director AJ Hinch, after an examination by elbow specialist, Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Boyd will be out at least during the All-Star break before the team works on a schedule for his comeback. … SS Niko Goodrum left the game in the sixth inning with a sprained finger on his left hand.
Anges : 3B Antoine Rendon made progress with a triceps injury, but was out for a fourth straight game after manager Joe Maddon delayed the announcement of his starting lineup to get a late update on his fielder’s status interior.
After claiming his first career victory as a starter in 20 tries on Sunday in Arizona, LHP Patrick Sandoval (1-2, 3.51 ERA) starts for the Angels on Saturday against the Tigers. RHP Wily Peralta (0-0, 0.00) will make his second appearance for Detroit and his first start since 2017 with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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