Shohei Ohtani equals record of HRs for Japanese in Major League Baseball

ANAHEIM, California – Shohei Ohtani hit his 31st home run of the season to lead the Major Leagues and Juan Lagares ended the game with a two-run double in the ninth inning, as the Los Angeles Angels rallied and won Sunday 6-5 to the Baltimore Orioles.

Ohtani tied the major league record for most home runs in a season by a Japanese. He hit a 459-foot solo homer off Thomas Eshelman, across center field.

It was his 14th home run in 17 games.

That blast sent the ball between the trees and allowed Ohtani to match his compatriot Hideki Matsui, who did it in 159 games with the New York Yankees in 2004.

Ohtani has required only 81 encounters. To make matters worse, he has made 12 starts as a pitcher.

Less than an hour later, Ohtani became the first player in Major League history to be selected for the All-Star Game as a batter and pitcher.

Cedric Mullins hit a tie-breaking home run for Baltimore in the ninth inning. He played his first game since being chosen for the All-Star Game.

However, the Angels punished Cole Sulser (2-1), who couldn’t get a single out in the bottom half.

After Los Angeles loaded the bases by walking and two short singles, Lagares doubled into the gap between right-center field.

With this, Los Angeles’ winning streak was extended to five games, to once again surpass the .500 mark.

The victory went to Cuban Raisel Iglesias (6-3).