MIAMI — Shohei Ohtani continued his recent dominance on the mound, allowing an unearned run while striking out 10 goals in the Los Angeles Angels’ 5-2 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night.
Ohtani hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 28 2/3 innings pitched, the third-longest streak by an Angels starter in a season in the last 50 years. It was his fourth consecutive start without allowing an earned run and his third with at least 10 strikeouts and 0 earned runs; he is the sixth pitcher to accomplish the feat since earned runs became official and the first since Jacob deGrom in 2018-19.
“I haven’t changed much, the most important thing is that I made my presentations when I needed to,” Ohtani said through an interpreter. “I think it’s huge when we win and I throw because I’m part of the ball club.
Ohtani (8-4) earned his fifth straight start while limiting the Marlins to two hits and three walks. Garrett Cooper’s sacrificial fly that scored Jon Berti broke Ohtani’s scoreless streak in the first inning, but he was not charged with a run because Berti had reached a pitching error.
Over his current streak of successful outings, Ohtani has a .27 ERA and opponents limited to 16 hits in 33 2/3 innings.
“I can go there without any concern for my body, in perfect health,” Ohtani said. “That’s a big part of why I pitch well.”
Mike Trout was hitless in four at-bats but had one RBI. Trout is 1 of 21 with 13 strikeouts through the first five games of Los Angeles’ nine-game trip, the most he’s ever had in a five-game span. Max Stassi doubled and reached base three times to help the Angels snap a four-game skid.
The Angels are now 5-1 since the start of June with Ohtani on the mound and 6-21 when anyone else starts.
Ohtani’s two-RBI single with the bases loaded chased away Miami starter Trevor Rogers (4-7) and capped a three-run fifth that put Los Angeles ahead 3-1. Ohtani stole second base in the 7th inning, becoming the first player since 1920 to have at least 2 RBIs, one stolen base, and 10 strikeouts as a pitcher in the same game.
“He’s one of the best arms in baseball, and you’ll see him at home plate the same day as well,” Stassi said of Ohtani. “He’s a superstar pitcher and he’s a superstar hitter.”
Singles from Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo in the seventh cemented the Angels’ lead.
The loss ended the Marlins’ six-game winning streak. Rogers allowed three runs, four hits, walked two, struck out five and hit two batters in 4 2/3 innings.
The Associated Press and ESPN Stats & Information contributed to this story.