Angels rout Tigers 11-3
By: Mike Stiles - Saturday, June 19, 2021

(photo courtesy of Detroit Tigers)

(ANAHEIM) – Shohei Ohtani celebrated his appointment to next month's All-Star Home Run Derby in fitting style, connecting twice during the Los Angeles Angels' 11-3 win over the Detroit Tigers Friday night. Ohtani clubbed his 20th and 21st homers of the season hours after announcing he would take part in MLB's annual home-run spectacle July 12 at Coors Field in Denver. The first blast from Ohtani was a line drive to right field that was part of the Angels' three-homer fifth inning. His second went the opposite way to left-center field in the eighth, helping bring the team back to the .500 mark at 35-35. Luis Rengifo and Jared Walsh also homered in the fifth, with Rengifo's first of the season coming in his second game since he returned from Triple-A. Walsh, who has taken over as the Angels' everyday first baseman following the early-May departure of Albert Pujols, hit his 16th. Tigers starter Jose Urena (2-7) was rocked for seven runs on seven hits with three walks over 4 1/3 innings. It was the second-consecutive start Urena gave up seven earned runs. The second Ohtani homer of the game came off Tigers right-hander Joe Jimenez and gave him his fourth career multi-homer game and his first this season. He entered Friday three back of the the major league lead held by the Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. Angels starter Alex Cobb (5-2) gave up one run on three hits over 5 2/3 inning with two walks and eight strikeouts. Cobb's outing came after he gave up five runs in consecutive starts against the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners. Miguel Cabrera hit an RBI double in the sixth off the right-field wall. Cabrera, who has 492 career home runs, just missed tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the career list. Teammate Willi Castro added an RBI single in the seventh inning. In off the field news, it was announced that Tigers' starter Matthew Boyd was diagnosed with muscular tendonitis, according to manager A.J. Hinch, after an examination by elbow specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles. Boyd will be out at least through the All-Star break before the team works on a timetable for his return.