Baseball: Ohtani hits 36th home run as Angels beat Pirates 7-5


Shohei Ohtani crushed his MLB-leading 36th homer in the first inning Sunday to spark the Los Angeles Angels’ offense in a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The two-way superstar had gone four games without a home run before sending Mitch Keller’s 3-2 cutter 410 feet over center field with a powerful, low-trajectory line drive to tie the game 1-1.

“I don’t know if I’ve seen a ball hit like that -- a golf ball maybe,” Angels manager Phil Nevin told “Every day, he does something different to impress you.”

Ohtani finished 1-for-3 at the plate while drawing a walk and scoring two runs. ...

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