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MLB: Ohtani goes 4-for-5, homers twice in MLB career-best game

Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani watches his solo home run off Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger during the third inning of a baseball game, on Aug. 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (Kyodo) -- Shohei Ohtani ticked several major league career boxes on Friday, notching his first multi-home run and four-hit game while scoring the tying and go-ahead runs as his Los Angeles Angels claimed a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians.

The Japanese rookie has now reached one of two milestones needed to become the first major leaguer since Babe Ruth to earn 10 pitching wins and hit 10 home runs in the same season. He needs six more wins on the mound to equal the all-time great.

Batting as the Angels' designated hitter in the No. 3 spot for the first time, Ohtani opened the scoring against Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger in the top of the first, giving the Angels an early two-run lead with a deep shot to left center at Progressive Field.

The Indians countered with three runs in the bottom of the first and second, but the 24-year-old Japanese cranked a second homer, his 11th of the season, on a full-count against the Cleveland right-hander in the third to tie the game and earn his first major league multi-homer game.

In the eighth, Ohtani singled against Oliver Perez (0-1) and stole second with Albert Pujols at the plate.

After Adam Cimber, the Indians' fourth reliever of the game, intentionally walked Pujols, Ohtani scored the go-ahead run on Andrelton Simmons' forceout grounder to short.

"I felt like I was in good shape from the outset today," Ohtani said. "(The first home run) flew right in the direction I was aiming. The angle (of the second homer) was good, too. I thought it would go long as soon as I hit it."

The rookie phenom singled to lead off the ninth but was left stranded. He grounded out in his other at-bat as Angels' reliever Justin Anderson (3-2) got the win.

The home runs were Ohtani's first on the road, with all of his previous nine coming at Angel Stadium. They were his third and fourth against the Indians, the most he has struck against any major league club.

He also became the first Japanese player to earn double-digit home runs in the same year since Norichika Aoki's 10-run season with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2012.

Ohtani was cleared to start a throwing progression last month after being on the disabled list for nearly a month with an elbow injury in his pitching arm. In nine starts this season, he is 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA.

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