ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 13th home run and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the slumping Cleveland Indians 7-4 on Monday night after star outfielder Mike Trout was injured early.
Trout strained his right calf in the first inning. The three-time AL MVP was limping after running to third on an inning-ending popup.
Ohtani drove Sam Hentges’ fastball into the seats in right-center during a five-run second to give the Angels a 6-1 lead. The Japanese superstar, who hit the go-ahead homer with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday at Boston, has gone deep in consecutive games twice this season.
Juan Lagares put the Angels in front earlier in the inning with a two-run double.
Ohtani has six career homers in 12 games against the Indians.
Cesar Hernandez, Franmil Reyes and Harold Ramirez homered for Cleveland, which has dropped four straight. It was only the second time in 20 games that the Indians lost when scoring four or more runs.
Hentges (1-1) allowed six runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings.
Hernandez belted his 14th career leadoff homer when he drove Patrick Sandoval’s first pitch to left-center. It was the third time he went deep on the opening pitch of the game.
Tribe OF Jordan Luplow sprained his left ankle while running out a grounder in the third inning and was removed from the game.
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