Shohei Ohtani belts homer, drives in 4 as Angels rip Blue Jays

DUNEDIN, Fla. — Shohei Ohtani homered and drove in four runs, Andrew Heaney pitched six scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-1 on Friday night.

Ohtani completed a four-run second with a three-run double to deep right-center off T.J. Zeuch. He also connected for a 422-foot solo drive to center during Los Angeles’ three-run fifth.

“Very forceful swing,” Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said. “It’s definitely not a sugar-coated swing.”

Heaney (1-1) allowed three hits, struck out nine and walked two in the second game at TD Ballpark. The Angels also won the first regular-season game at Toronto’s spring training stadium, 7-5 in 11 innings on Thursday night.

Jared Walsh hit a two-run drive off Zeuch (0-1) in the fifth as Los Angeles improved to 6-2 and matched the best eight-game start in franchise history (1970, 2017 and 2018).

Zeuch, who replaced opener David Phelps in the second, allowed seven runs and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.

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Shohei Ohtani belts a solo homer in the fourth inning of the Angels' 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.
Shohei Ohtani belts a solo homer in the fourth inning of the Angels’ 7-1 win over the Blue Jays.
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Los Angeles right fielder Dexter Fowler left in the second inning with a left knee contusion after stepping awkwardly on second base on David Fletcher’s run-scoring fielder’s choice. After being on the ground for several minutes, Fowler was able to walk to a cart that took him off the field.

“I don’t think it’s bad, fortunately,” Maddon said.

Maddon thinks it is possible that the Angels won’t need to make a roster move following Fowler’s injury.

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The Angels had scored the winning runs in their final trip to the plate in each of their first five victories this season.

Marcus Semien, who had two of Toronto’s five hits, scored on Chris Rodriguez’s wild pitch in the eighth.

“We’ve just got to relax a little bit and get good pitches,” Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said. “As a team, we’re expanding the zone a lot and we’re paying the price.”

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