Shohei Ohtani homers again, surging Angels beat Twins 7-4

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels' schedule limited Shohei Ohtani's chances to hit over the past four games. When the Angels got back home and put their two-way rookie sensation back in the lineup, Ohtani hadn't missed a beat.

Neither had the rest of the Angels, who are putting big offensive numbers almost every night lately.

Ohtani hit his fifth homer and added an RBI double, and Ian Kinsler had a two-run homer among his three hits in the Angels' seventh win in nine games, 7-4 over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Justin Upton also homered in his third straight game and Kole Calhoun drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning as the Angels snapped Minnesota's five-game winning streak.

Los Angeles has scored at least five runs in seven of its last eight games, and nearly everybody in a halo cap had a big hit in the opener of an 11-game homestand.

Ohtani was outstanding in his first start at designated hitter since last Friday. His pitching duties and two interleague games had limited him to two at-bats in the past four games.

''I'm still making little adjustments every day, each at-bat,'' said Ohtani, who has a hit in 14 of his 16 starts as a DH. ''I'm still learning.''

Ohtani turned Trevor Hildenberger's belt-high outside sinker into his first homer of May, blasting it 413 feet to the fake rock pile beyond left-center field in the seventh inning.

Ohtani also drove in Albert Pujols in the third for his first multi-RBI game since April 12, showing off his incredible speed on the basepaths while taking second.

''We knew he was dangerous,'' Minnesota manager Paul Molitor said. ''We've got to pitch him carefully, make him aware of the inside of the plate, but if you make mistakes, he's going to hit them.''

Andrelton Simmons had three hits for the Angels, and Garrett Richards pitched five-hit ball into the sixth inning of the opener of the Angels' longest homestand of the season.

Brian Dozier hit a three-run homer off Richards in the sixth inning before Max Kepler followed with a tying solo shot off Jose Alvarez (2-0). But the Angels reclaimed the lead moments later and eventually ended Minnesota's longest streak of the season.

''I probably couldn't have thrown the ball better (in the first five innings), to be honest,'' said Richards, who yielded only two singles before the sixth. ''It's disappointing to have the whole outing kind of tarnished.''

After Kinsler hit his first homer since April 12 in the second inning, Upton added a solo shot in the third, giving him four homers in five games. Pujols and Ohtani followed with back-to-back doubles for a 4-0 lead.

Los Angeles answered with a rally that began with Simmons' single off Jose Berrios (3-4), who yielded seven hits and five runs.

BIG AL

Pujols was honored briefly in the first inning for getting his 3,000th hit last Friday in Seattle. His 3,005th career hit in the third inning gave him a seven-game hitting streak. He also flawlessly turned a key 3-6-3 double play at first base to end the seventh.

KOLE CONNECTS

Calhoun is in a 5-for-63 slump over the past month, but he drove in the go-ahead run with a line-drive sacrifice fly to the wall. He hit another fly to the warning track in the eighth.

JJ'S FIRST

Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his first save since joining the Angels in the offseason. The veteran reliever had two strikeouts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Twins: CF Byron Buxton was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, and he went 0 for 2 with a walk while batting ninth. Buxton was out with migraines and a subsequent broken toe after fouling a ball off his foot during a rehab assignment.

Angels: Reliever Keynan Middleton returned from the disabled list after missing 10 days with right elbow inflammation. He yielded two walks and a double while pitching a scoreless eighth. ... RHP Matt Shoemaker isn't making progress in his return from a forearm strain, manager Mike Scioscia said. His throwing program has been shut down. He made only one start this season before his latest injury problem.

UP NEXT

Twins: Lance Lynn (1-3, 7.28 ERA) is coming off his first victory in a rough season. He hasn't faced Los Angeles since July 2013, and he has never beaten an AL West team.

Angels: Tyler Skaggs (3-2, 3.08 ERA) makes his first career appearance against Minnesota. He has allowed more than two runs just once in seven starts this season.

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LAA23-14
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  • W: J. Alvarez (2-0)L: J. Berrios (3-4)S: J. Johnson (1)
  • HR: MIN - B. Dozier (6), M. Kepler (5), LAA - I. Kinsler (2), J. Upton (9), S. Ohtani (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Mauer 1B41100001.279.420.369.7902.0
B. Dozier 2B41431000.246.305.430.73512.0
M. Kepler RF31111112.275.356.508.8646.5
E. Escobar 3B40000013.303.356.605.961-0.5
E. Rosario LF40000020.282.304.534.838-1.0
L. Morrison DH30000120.178.273.327.6000.0
M. Garver C40100001.255.314.426.7391.0
E. Adrianza SS31100001.217.294.283.5772.0
a- R. Grossman PH10000011.211.279.342.621-0.5
B. Buxton CF20000121.186.239.233.4720.0
  • a-struck out for Adrianza in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Z. Cozart 3B30000101.240.308.457.7652.0
M. Trout CF20000102.326.452.6811.1342.0
J. Upton LF41111003.257.313.480.7936.0
A. Pujols 1B41100002.255.283.441.7243.0
S. Ohtani DH41221010.354.400.6771.0778.5
A. Simmons SS42300001.351.410.511.9216.0
I. Kinsler 2B42321001.214.284.306.59110.0
K. Calhoun RF30010001.161.187.203.3901.0
M. Maldonado C40210010.232.315.329.6443.5
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Dozier (6)
    • HR - B. Dozier (6), M. Kepler (5)
    • RBI - B. Dozier 3 (14), M. Kepler (14)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Pujols (9), S. Ohtani (4), A. Simmons (10), M. Maldonado (5)
    • HR - J. Upton (9), S. Ohtani (5), I. Kinsler (2)
    • SF - K. Calhoun
    • RBI - J. Upton (26), S. Ohtani 2 (16), I. Kinsler 2 (5), K. Calhoun (11), M. Maldonado (9)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton (10), S. Ohtani 2 (13), M. Maldonado (5)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Escobar-Dozier-Mauer; Adrianza-Dozier-Mauer; Escobar-Dozier-Mauer)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Kinsler-Pujols-Simmons; Pujols-Simmons; Kinsler-Simmons-Pujols)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Berrios (L, 3-4)5.17551224.501.04-2.0
    R. Pressly0.22111001.331.13-4.0
    T. Hildenberger1.02110013.861.160.0
    M. Magill1.01000001.131.002.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Berrios (L, 3-4)5.1
    R. Pressly0.2
    T. Hildenberger1.0
    M. Magill1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    G. Richards5.15330414.081.319.0
    J. Alvarez (W, 2-0) (BS, 2)1.01110311.470.989.5
    C. Bedrosian (H, 3)0.21000003.861.53-1.0
    K. Middleton (H, 2)1.01002002.251.380.0
    J. Johnson (S, 1)1.00001203.601.2510.0
    PITCHERSIP
    G. Richards5.1
    J. Alvarez (W, 2-0) (BS, 2)1.0
    C. Bedrosian (H, 3)0.2
    K. Middleton (H, 2)1.0
    J. Johnson (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - R. Pressly (3)
    • HBP - J. Berrios 2 (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 78-52, R. Pressly 19-11, T. Hildenberger 14-11, M. Magill 14-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-7, R. Pressly 1-1, T. Hildenberger 2-1, M. Magill 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, R. Pressly 5, T. Hildenberger 5, M. Magill 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - G. Richards (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 94-63, J. Alvarez 22-14, C. Bedrosian 4-3, K. Middleton 22-12, J. Johnson 17-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 8-3, C. Bedrosian 1-0, K. Middleton 1-1
    • Batters Faced - G. Richards 20, J. Alvarez 4, C. Bedrosian 2, K. Middleton 5, J. Johnson 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Mauer 1B41100001.279.420.369.7902.0
    B. Dozier 2B41431000.246.305.430.73512.0
    M. Kepler RF31111112.275.356.508.8646.5
    E. Escobar 3B40000013.303.356.605.961-0.5
    E. Rosario LF40000020.282.304.534.838-1.0
    L. Morrison DH30000120.178.273.327.6000.0
    M. Garver C40100001.255.314.426.7391.0
    E. Adrianza SS31100001.217.294.283.5772.0
    a- R. Grossman PH10000011.211.279.342.621-0.5
    B. Buxton CF20000121.186.239.233.4720.0
    Total3248423910-----
    • a-struck out for Adrianza in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Z. Cozart 3B30000101.240.308.457.7652.0
    M. Trout CF20000102.326.452.6811.1342.0
    J. Upton LF41111003.257.313.480.7936.0
    A. Pujols 1B41100002.255.283.441.7243.0
    S. Ohtani DH41221010.354.400.6771.0778.5
    A. Simmons SS42300001.351.410.511.9216.0
    I. Kinsler 2B42321001.214.284.306.59110.0
    K. Calhoun RF30010001.161.187.203.3901.0
    M. Maldonado C40210010.232.315.329.6443.5
    Total32712732211-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Dozier (6)
      • HR - B. Dozier (6), M. Kepler (5)
      • RBI - B. Dozier 3 (14), M. Kepler (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (9), S. Ohtani (4), A. Simmons (10), M. Maldonado (5)
      • HR - J. Upton (9), S. Ohtani (5), I. Kinsler (2)
      • SF - K. Calhoun
      • RBI - J. Upton (26), S. Ohtani 2 (16), I. Kinsler 2 (5), K. Calhoun (11), M. Maldonado (9)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Upton (10), S. Ohtani 2 (13), M. Maldonado (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Escobar-Dozier-Mauer; Adrianza-Dozier-Mauer; Escobar-Dozier-Mauer)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Kinsler-Pujols-Simmons; Pujols-Simmons; Kinsler-Simmons-Pujols)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Berrios (L, 3-4)5.17551224.501.04-2.0
      R. Pressly0.22111001.331.13-4.0
      T. Hildenberger1.02110013.861.160.0
      M. Magill1.01000001.131.002.0
      Total8.01277223---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Berrios (L, 3-4)5.1
      R. Pressly0.2
      T. Hildenberger1.0
      M. Magill1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Richards5.15330414.081.319.0
      J. Alvarez (W, 2-0) (BS, 2)1.01110311.470.989.5
      C. Bedrosian (H, 3)0.21000003.861.53-1.0
      K. Middleton (H, 2)1.01002002.251.380.0
      J. Johnson (S, 1)1.00001203.601.2510.0
      Total9.0844392---
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Richards5.1
      J. Alvarez (W, 2-0) (BS, 2)1.0
      C. Bedrosian (H, 3)0.2
      K. Middleton (H, 2)1.0
      J. Johnson (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - R. Pressly (3)
      • HBP - J. Berrios 2 (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Berrios 78-52, R. Pressly 19-11, T. Hildenberger 14-11, M. Magill 14-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Berrios 5-7, R. Pressly 1-1, T. Hildenberger 2-1, M. Magill 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Berrios 24, R. Pressly 5, T. Hildenberger 5, M. Magill 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Richards (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 94-63, J. Alvarez 22-14, C. Bedrosian 4-3, K. Middleton 22-12, J. Johnson 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 8-3, C. Bedrosian 1-0, K. Middleton 1-1
      • Batters Faced - G. Richards 20, J. Alvarez 4, C. Bedrosian 2, K. Middleton 5, J. Johnson 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Ohtani homered to center47
      • 6TH INNING
        Maldonado doubled to deep left, Kinsler scored46
        Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to right, Simmons scored, Kinsler to third45
        Kepler homered to right44
        Dozier homered to left, Adrianza and Mauer scored34
      • 3RD INNING
        Ohtani doubled to deep right center, Pujols scored04
        Upton homered to left03
      • 2ND INNING
        Kinsler homered to left, Simmons scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Jim Johnson relieved Keynan Middleton
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morrison walked
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Garver flied out to right
        • Robbie Grossman hit for Ehire Adrianza
        • R. Grossman: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grossman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Keynan Middleton relieved Cam Bedrosian
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Buxton walked
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Buxton out at second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier doubled to left center
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kepler walked
        • E. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Magill relieved Trevor Hildenberger
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun flied out to deep center
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado singled to left
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cozart grounded into double play third to second to first, Maldonado out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Alvarez Pitching:
        • L. Morrison: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Morrison struck out looking
        • Cam Bedrosian relieved Jose Alvarez
        • M. Garver: Garver singled to deep right center
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Ball, Adrianza grounded into double play shortstop to first, Garver out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Trevor Hildenberger relieved Ryan Pressly
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Upton grounded out to third
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • S. Ohtani: Ohtani homered to center
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Simmons doubled to deep left
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • E. Adrianza: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Adrianza reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • B. Buxton: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Buxton struck out swinging
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mauer singled to left, Adrianza to third
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Mauer to second on wild pitch, Dozier homered to left, Adrianza and Mauer scored
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Garrett Richards
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Kepler homered to right
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rosario struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani flied out to deep left
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons singled to right
        • Ryan Pressly relieved Jose Berrios
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler singled to shallow left, Simmons to second
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Simmons to third, Kinsler to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Calhoun hit sacrifice fly to right, Simmons scored, Kinsler to third
        • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado doubled to deep left, Kinsler scored
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cozart walked
        • M. Trout: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Trout grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • E. Rosario: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Rosario grounded out to second
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Morrison lined out to left
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Garver grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Cozart flied out to deep left
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Trout hit by pitch
        • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Upton fouled out to right
        • A. Pujols: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Trout out at second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier singled to shallow left
        • M. Kepler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Kepler struck out on foul tip
        • E. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Escobar flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Calhoun grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Kinsler out at second
        • M. Maldonado: Maldonado popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • M. Garver: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Garver grounded out to third
        • E. Adrianza: Adrianza grounded out to second
        • B. Buxton: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Buxton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cozart flied out to shallow center
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Trout grounded out to second
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton homered to left
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols doubled to deep right
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani doubled to deep right center, Pujols scored
        • A. Simmons: Simmons flied out to right
        • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • E. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar lined out to center
        • E. Rosario: Foul, Ball, Ball, Rosario grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Morrison: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Morrison struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons singled to right center
        • I. Kinsler: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Kinsler homered to left, Simmons scored
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Calhoun lined out to right
        • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Maldonado struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • G. Richards Pitching:
        • J. Mauer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Mauer grounded out to second
        • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to left
        • M. Kepler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kepler grounded into double play second to first to shortstop, Dozier out at second
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Berrios Pitching:
        • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart hit by pitch
        • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Cozart to second
        • J. Upton: Foul, Upton grounded into double play third to second to first, Cozart to third, Trout out at second
        • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)