Shotime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A's 6-1

Shotime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A's 6-1

Shotime!: Ohtani hurls 7 superb innings, Angels beat A's 6-1

With AP Photos.Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters before Marcus Semien's seventh-inning single broke up the two-way Japanese sensation's bid for a flawless game in his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels.

The two-way star from Japan connected for a long, solo drive in the second inning against Daniel Gossett. The ball landed in the rocks beyond the center field wall after traveling 142 meters and was measured with a 179.7 kph exit velocity according to Statcast, the hardest-hit and longest of Ohtani's three major league homers.

The homer lifted Ohtani to 6 for 11 (.545) with six RBIs at home.

Shohei Ohtani got off to a hot start in Sunday afternoon's game against the Athletics, striking out the first three batters he faced in his home pitching debut. Jonathan Lucroy's at-bat in which he took Ohtani to a 3-2 count before flying out to right in the sixth was the closest to anything resembling a hint of danger.

Ohtani then struck out Olson to end the threat, maintaining the Angels' 6-0 lead.

After a poor performance all around by A's pitchers the night before, it looked like Triggs could have been headed down that same path in the fourth when he surrendered a two-run homer to Justin Upton.

Friday: Went 0 for 4 with a walk and a run scored in a 13-9 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics.

Athletics: RHP Andrew Triggs (0-0, 1.80) was not involved in the decision in his first start of the season, allowing one run and four hits in five innings at Texas on Monday. Martin Maldonado drove in one run.

In Houston, Jose Pirela had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run double as San Diego stopped the Astros' five-game winning streak.

Ohtani homered in three consecutive games before taking the day off Saturday to rest for Sunday's start.

Athletics: After a day off in Los Angeles, Sean Manaea (0-1, 1.15 ERA) takes the mound at Dodger Stadium to open a two-game interleague series.

Athletics: OF Trayce Thompson will join the team on Saturday. He is 6 for 13 at the plate over the past week.

Angels: RHP JC Ramirez (0-1, 7.71) allowed four earned runs in 4 2/3 innings against Cleveland on Monday.

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