Oh­tani drives in five runs in win

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Sports - BY SARAH TROTTO

CHICAGO — Sho­hei Oh­tani shared few de­tails about his re­cent hit­ting ad­just­ments. The re­sults speak for them­selves.

Oh­tani hit a three-run home run and drove in a ca­reer-high five runs to help the Los An­ge­les An­gels to an 8-7 vic­tory over the Chicago White Sox on Satur­day night.

“I’m not only happy with the re­sults but the process and how I’m feeling at the plate,” Oh­tani said through an in­ter­preter.

Oh­tani fin­ished with three hits and was a triple shy of hit­ting for the cy­cle.

“He strug­gled there for a bit and started work­ing on some things in Oak­land with some me­chan­ics in his swing,” man­ager Brad Aus­mus said. “He seems to be reap­ing the ben­e­fits of it. We seem to be reap­ing the ben­e­fits.”

Al­bert Pu­jols and Ke­van Smith added two hits apiece for the An­gels, who have won 10 of 11 against Chicago.

Jose Abreu home­red and drove in four runs, and Yoan Mon­cada had three hits for the White Sox, who have dropped 10 of 12. Tim An­der­son went 2 for 5 to raise his AL-lead­ing av­er­age to .334, six points ahead of DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yan­kees.

Abreu hit a three-run home run — his 30th — off Luis Garcia to pull the White Sox within one run in the sev­enth.

The An­gels loaded the bases in the ninth with a sin­gle, in­ten­tional walk to pinch-hit­ter Mike Trout and an­other walk. Brian Good­win lined out to first to end the threat.

Hansel Robles pitched a per­fect ninth for his 20th save in 23 op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Oh­tani home­red off Dylan Covey (1-8) to give the An­gels a 5-2 lead in the third. The op­po­site-field shot was the des­ig­nated hit­ter’s 17th homer of the season. Oh­tani is 11 for 24 against the White Sox this season.

“I feel like it’s just a co­in­ci­dence,” Oh­tani said. “Yesterday, to­day, faced re­ally good pitch­ers. Balls just found holes.”

He be­came the first Ja­panese-born player to have five RBIs and a stolen base in a ma­jor league game.

Car­son Ful­mer re­placed Covey and walked two straight to bring in a run. An­other run scored on a wild pitch for a 7-2 An­gels lead. Cen­ter­fielder Adam En­gel ran into the fence to make a catch and end the in­ning.

Covey, who was re­called from Triple-A Char­lotte on Tues­day, was charged with seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 in­nings. His last vic­tory was May 31 against Cleve­land.

“I felt good, but I need to find a way to get bet­ter,” Covey said.

An­drew Heaney (4-4) struck out eight and al­lowed four runs in six in­nings for the An­gels. He was 2-0 with a 2.10 ERA in four pre­vi­ous ca­reer starts against the White Sox.

“He was solid,” Aus­mus said. “He al­ways gives you a chance to win.”

Oh­tani hit a two-run dou­ble to give the An­gels a 2-0 lead in the first.

Abreu’s sac­ri­fice fly in the bot­tom of the first gave him a ca­reer-high 108 RBIs and cut the An­gels’ lead to one. James Mc­Cann dou­bled to tie the game.

The White Sox pulled within 7-4 in the fifth on An­der­son’s dou­ble and Mon­cada’s sin­gle.

Smith home­red off Jose Ruiz to ex­tend the An­gels lead to 8-4 in the sev­enth. PITCH­ING?

Oh­tani, who is re­turn­ing from Tommy John surgery, said he will re­sume throw­ing af­ter the An­gels re­turn to Ana­heim on Mon­day. He has not pitched this season.

As­so­ci­ated Press

BIG HIT The An­gels’ Sho­hei Oh­tani cel­e­brates with team­mates af­ter hit­ting a three-run home run against the Chicago White Sox dur­ing the third in­ning on Satur­day in Chicago.

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