Shohei Ohtani homers again, Angels beat White Sox 5-2

CHICAGO (AP) Nothing seems to bother two-way star Shohei Ohtani at the plate.

Not bad news. Not a hard-throwing, up-and-coming left-hander.

Ohtani homered for the third straight game after learning he will probably need Tommy John surgery, launching a three-run shot to cap the Los Angeles Angels' four-run third inning in a 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night.

Shut down as a pitcher because of the right elbow problem, the left-handed hitting Ohtani smacked his 19th homer of the season of Carlos Rodon to break a tie with Kenji Johjima for the most by a Japanese rookie in the majors. It was Ohtani's second home run this season off a lefty.

''The more at-bats I get, the more comfortable I feel, the better I see the ball,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''It's just seeing a lot of pitches over and over.''

''He's been swinging the bat well against righties, lefties anybody in the last week,'' manager Mike Scioscia said.

Ohtani, in the lineup as the designated hitter, has four homers in his last three games. Before the game against the White Sox, Ohtani said he plans to finish the season as the DH and hasn't decided yet if he'll have Tommy John surgery.

''He's got some big decisions coming up when we get to Southern California,'' Scioscia said. ''But he wants to play baseball and he's excited to be in there to swing the bat.''

Fellow slugger Mike Trout is impressed.

''When got injured on one thing, he can do another,'' Trout said. ''It's pretty amazing. He could easily shut the season down, but he wants to finish out strong and he's worked hard in the (batting) cage and just in general coming to the field.''

Andrelton Simmons added a solo shot in the seventh, and Felix Pena pitched seven strong innings to help the Angels win for the third time in their last four. Pena (2-4) allowed two runs while scattering seven hits and walking none. The righty fanned six.

''Felix was terrific, everything you look for in a starter,'' Scioscia said.

Avisail Garcia hit a solo shot as Chicago's DH after missing four games with a sore right knee. Omar Narvaez drove in a run with a single.

Rodon (6-5) lasted just 4 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and five walks. It was the left-hander's second straight rocky outing following a run of nine straight quality starts when he was 5-0 with a 1.84 ERA.

''The first inning went pretty good, Rodon said. ''Wish the whole game went that way but just no feel for nothing.''

Garcia homered to center to lead off the second and give Chicago a 1-0 lead.

The Angels capitalized on Rodon's wildness in the third. Rodon walked Kole Calhoun and David Fletcher, and then hit Mike Trout with a pitch to load the bases.

Justin Upton hit a sac fly to center to plate the Angels first run, then Ohtani drove Rodon's 2-0 pitch just over the center field fence as Adam Engel jumped high and narrowly missed catching it.

The White Sox cut it to 4-2 in the fourth when Narvaez singled in a run. Simmons homered to left-center off Aaron Bummer in the seventh.

Jose Alvarez pitched a scoreless eight and Ty Buttrey tossed a perfect ninth for his first career save.

DIMMED PROSPECT

The White Sox learned Friday that top pitching prospect Michael Kopech has an injured right elbow and probably will need Tommy John surgery that will cause him to be sidelined through the 2019 season.

GM Rick Hahn expects the 22-year-old right-hander to be ready for spring training in 2020.

Kopech was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on Aug. 21 and made four starts with the White Sox, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA. Two of the right-hander's first three starts were shortened by rain, but the 6-foot-3 Kopech was impressive in all three, allowing just one run in 11 innings.

Before his last start, Wednesday against Detroit, Kopech had trouble getting loose during his warmups. He allowed seven runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in in the loss, then reported discomfort in his arm to the team Thursday.

TRAINER'S ROOM:

Angels: CF Trout was back in the lineup after missing Wednesday's game at Texas to rest his right leg. Trout was hit by a pitch in the calf on Tuesday. He was hit again (on the arm) on Friday and was walked twice intentionally. ... Upton (concussion) also returned Friday. He'd been out since Sept. 1 after colliding with Simmons in the field.

White Sox: Kopech was surprised to learn that he had a significant tear in the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, leading to the Tommy John surgery recommendation. ... Garcia is usually the White Sox right fielder. He's expected to have knee surgery after the season. ''We're going to do everything we can, whatever we have to do, to spell him and just keep him off his legs as much as possible,'' manager Rick Renteria said

UP NEXT:

Angels: RHP Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 2.53) faces White Sox RHP James Shields (6-15, 4.39) on Saturday.

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  • W: F. Pena (2-4)L: C. Rodon (6-5)S: T. Buttrey (1)
  • HR: LAA - A. Simmons (11), S. Ohtani (19), CHW - A. Garcia (16)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
K. Calhoun RF31000221.222.293.397.6902.0
D. Fletcher 2B41100101.284.325.376.7014.0
M. Trout CF21100210.306.460.6041.0644.5
J. Upton LF40110026.264.348.465.8121.0
S. Ohtani DH41131121.287.367.586.9538.0
A. Simmons SS51211001.294.340.427.7677.0
J. Marte 1B50100011.207.247.343.5900.5
T. Ward 3B40100033.213.263.360.623-0.5
K. Cowart 3B00000000.131.232.213.4450.0
J. Briceno C40100005.255.300.372.6721.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Moncada 2B40100001.222.302.392.6941.0
    Y. Sanchez 3B40100012.248.315.375.6900.5
    N. Delmonico LF40000022.215.302.390.692-1.0
    A. Garcia DH22211100.241.276.456.73210.0
    D. Palka RF40100012.237.284.472.7560.5
    M. Davidson 1B40100022.239.333.458.7920.0
    O. Narvaez C30110002.278.369.422.7912.0
    a- K. Smith PH10000000.292.348.340.6880.0
    T. Anderson SS40000002.248.290.421.7110.0
    A. Engel CF30100020.237.276.337.6130.0
    • a-grounded out for Narvaez in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - D. Fletcher (16)
    • HR - S. Ohtani (19), A. Simmons (11)
    • SF - J. Upton (6)
    • RBI - J. Upton (76), S. Ohtani 3 (50), A. Simmons (70)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Upton 6 (6), J. Briceno 5 (5)
    BATTING
    • HR - A. Garcia (16)
    • RBI - A. Garcia (39), O. Narvaez (25)
    • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (12)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, N. Delmonico, D. Palka, T. Anderson 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Pena-Simmons-Marte; Fletcher-Simmons-Marte)
    FIELDING
    • E - T. Anderson (16)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Pena (W, 2-4)7.07220614.041.2625.0
    J. Alvarez (H, 11)1.01001102.611.211.5
    T. Buttrey (S, 1)1.00000100.961.0710.5
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Pena (W, 2-4)7.0
    J. Alvarez (H, 11)1.0
    T. Buttrey (S, 1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Rodon (L, 6-5)4.26445413.111.08-6.0
    D. Covey1.11000205.441.533.0
    A. Bummer1.12110213.471.591.0
    J. Gomez1.20001305.001.393.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Rodon (L, 6-5)4.2
    D. Covey1.1
    A. Bummer1.1
    J. Gomez1.2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - F. Pena (4)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 94-64, J. Alvarez 16-11, T. Buttrey 17-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 6-8, J. Alvarez 1-0, T. Buttrey 2-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Pena 28, J. Alvarez 4, T. Buttrey 3
    PITCHING
    • IBB - C. Rodon, J. Gomez
    • HBP - C. Rodon (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 93-47, D. Covey 19-13, A. Bummer 27-15, J. Gomez 19-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 3-7, D. Covey 2-0, A. Bummer 1-1, J. Gomez 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 26, D. Covey 5, A. Bummer 6, J. Gomez 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    LAA69-72
    004000100590
    CHW56-85
    010100000281
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    K. Calhoun RF31000221.222.293.397.6902.0
    D. Fletcher 2B41100101.284.325.376.7014.0
    M. Trout CF21100210.306.460.6041.0644.5
    J. Upton LF40110026.264.348.465.8121.0
    S. Ohtani DH41131121.287.367.586.9538.0
    A. Simmons SS51211001.294.340.427.7677.0
    J. Marte 1B50100011.207.247.343.5900.5
    T. Ward 3B40100033.213.263.360.623-0.5
    K. Cowart 3B00000000.131.232.213.4450.0
    J. Briceno C40100005.255.300.372.6721.0
    Total35595261119-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Y. Moncada 2B40100001.222.302.392.6941.0
      Y. Sanchez 3B40100012.248.315.375.6900.5
      N. Delmonico LF40000022.215.302.390.692-1.0
      A. Garcia DH22211100.241.276.456.73210.0
      D. Palka RF40100012.237.284.472.7560.5
      M. Davidson 1B40100022.239.333.458.7920.0
      O. Narvaez C30110002.278.369.422.7912.0
      a- K. Smith PH10000000.292.348.340.6880.0
      T. Anderson SS40000002.248.290.421.7110.0
      A. Engel CF30100020.237.276.337.6130.0
      Total3328211813-----
      • a-grounded out for Narvaez in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Fletcher (16)
      • HR - S. Ohtani (19), A. Simmons (11)
      • SF - J. Upton (6)
      • RBI - J. Upton (76), S. Ohtani 3 (50), A. Simmons (70)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Upton 6 (6), J. Briceno 5 (5)
      BATTING
      • HR - A. Garcia (16)
      • RBI - A. Garcia (39), O. Narvaez (25)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Narvaez (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - Y. Sanchez, N. Delmonico, D. Palka, T. Anderson 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Pena-Simmons-Marte; Fletcher-Simmons-Marte)
      FIELDING
      • E - T. Anderson (16)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Pena (W, 2-4)7.07220614.041.2625.0
      J. Alvarez (H, 11)1.01001102.611.211.5
      T. Buttrey (S, 1)1.00000100.961.0710.5
      Total9.0822181---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Pena (W, 2-4)7.0
      J. Alvarez (H, 11)1.0
      T. Buttrey (S, 1)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Rodon (L, 6-5)4.26445413.111.08-6.0
      D. Covey1.11000205.441.533.0
      A. Bummer1.12110213.471.591.0
      J. Gomez1.20001305.001.393.5
      Total9.09556112---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Rodon (L, 6-5)4.2
      D. Covey1.1
      A. Bummer1.1
      J. Gomez1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Pena (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Pena 94-64, J. Alvarez 16-11, T. Buttrey 17-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Pena 6-8, J. Alvarez 1-0, T. Buttrey 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Pena 28, J. Alvarez 4, T. Buttrey 3
      PITCHING
      • IBB - C. Rodon, J. Gomez
      • HBP - C. Rodon (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Rodon 93-47, D. Covey 19-13, A. Bummer 27-15, J. Gomez 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Rodon 3-7, D. Covey 2-0, A. Bummer 1-1, J. Gomez 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Rodon 26, D. Covey 5, A. Bummer 6, J. Gomez 6
      • 7TH INNING
        Simmons homered to left center52
      • 4TH INNING
        Narvaez singled to center, Garcia scored, Palka to second42
      • 3RD INNING
        Ohtani homered to center, Fletcher and Trout scored41
        Upton hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored11
      • 2ND INNING
        Garcia homered to right center01
      • 9TH INNING
        • J. Gomez Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Strike looking, Simmons lined out to center
        • J. Marte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Marte struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Ty Buttrey relieved Jose Alvarez
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • Kevan Smith hit for Omar Narvaez
        • K. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Smith grounded out to third
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Anderson grounded out to third
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Bummer Pitching:
        • J. Briceno: Ball, Strike looking, Briceno reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun lined out to left
        • Jeanmar Gomez relieved Aaron Bummer
        • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to third, Briceno to second
        • M. Trout: Trout intentionally walked
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Upton struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Alvarez relieved Felix Pena
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Sanchez singled to shallow left
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Foul, Delmonico grounded out to shortstop, Sanchez out at second
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Garcia walked
        • D. Palka: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Aaron Bummer relieved Dylan Covey
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Simmons homered to left center
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marte grounded out to third
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Kaleb Cowart at third base
        • T. Anderson: Anderson flied out to left
        • A. Engel: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Engel struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Ball, Moncada grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • D. Covey Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Strike looking, Ball, Fletcher grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Trout: Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to shortstop, Trout to second on shortstop Anderson throwing error
        • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Foul, Garcia singled to center
        • D. Palka: Palka fouled out to left
        • M. Davidson: Foul, Strike looking, Davidson singled to right, Garcia to second
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to shortstop, Davidson out at second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ohtani walked
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Simmons flied out to left
        • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Marte flied out to deep left
        • T. Ward: Ward singled to left, Ohtani to second
        • Dylan Covey relieved Carlos Rodon
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Ball, Briceno grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Moncada reached on an infield single to first
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez popped out to shortstop
        • N. Delmonico: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Delmonico struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • T. Ward: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ward struck out looking
        • J. Briceno: Foul, Foul, Ball, Briceno lined out to left
        • K. Calhoun: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • D. Fletcher: Pickoff attempt, Fletcher doubled to left, Calhoun to third
        • M. Trout: Trout intentionally walked
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • N. Delmonico: Delmonico lined out to right
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Ball, Garcia hit by pitch
        • D. Palka: Palka singled to right, Garcia to second
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davidson struck out swinging
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Narvaez singled to center, Garcia scored, Palka to second
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Anderson flied out to left
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Calhoun walked
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Fletcher walked, Calhoun to second
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Trout hit by pitch, Calhoun to third, Fletcher to second
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Upton hit sacrifice fly to center, Calhoun scored
        • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Ohtani homered to center, Fletcher and Trout scored
        • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons flied out to center
        • J. Marte: Ball, Marte popped out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson popped out to third
        • A. Engel: Engel reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • Y. Moncada: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Moncada grounded out to second, Engel to second
        • Y. Sanchez: Sanchez flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Upton singled to left
        • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Upton out at second
        • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Simmons singled to center, Ohtani to second
        • J. Marte: Marte singled to shallow left, Ohtani to third, Simmons to second
        • T. Ward: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ward struck out swinging
        • J. Briceno: Briceno grounded into fielder's choice to third, Simmons out at third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Garcia homered to right center
        • D. Palka: Foul, Ball, Ball, Palka grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Davidson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Davidson grounded out to third
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Narvaez grounded out to first
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Rodon Pitching:
        • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
        • D. Fletcher: Ball, Strike looking, Fletcher fouled out to right
        • M. Trout: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Pena Pitching:
        • Y. Moncada: Moncada flied out to shallow left
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez struck out looking
        • N. Delmonico: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Delmonico struck out looking
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)