Shohei Ohtani didn’t have a great start. Mike Trout, Andrelton Simmons and the Los Angeles Angels did plenty to finish off the Houston Astros.
Trout hit his major league-leading 10th homer and the Angels overcame another shaky outing by Ohtani to beat Houston 8-7 Tuesday night, tying a team record with their 11th straight road win.
Simmons homered twice with a career-high five RBI, connecting for a tiebreaking, three-run drive in the seventh inning. The Angels also won 11 in a row outside Anaheim in 1988.
Ohtani yielded four runs on six hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings. The two-way star from Japan was tagged by Boston in his previous start and left after two innings because of a blister problem.
“You look at the five walks, but I tell you, Shohei wasn’t missing by much,” manager Mike Scioscia said. “As the game went on he got really good command of his split, threw some terrific pitches. Just had to work hard … he had good stuff, gave us a chance to win, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Cam Bedrosian walked one in a scoreless ninth for his first save.
Morton, who entered the game with an AL-leading 0.72 ERA, allowed five hits and a season-high four runs, while walking a season-most five in four-plus innings.
“The big inning that he struggled, there were a few close-call walks and a few infield singles — that inning took a lot out of him,” manager A.J. Hinch said. “He didn’t look like he could throw the ball where he wanted to, which is uncommon of him.”
“Earlier today,” he said, “our city was impacted by a horrific incident that claimed the lives of nine people and injured many others. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families, the first responders and to all of those affected. All of Toronto is with you.”
Maple Leafs defenseman Ron Hainsey spoke to the crowd in a taped message saying, “On behalf of myself and my teammates, we’d like to send our deepest thoughts and sorrow to all the victims and the families, and the brave men and women first on the scene who do so much to keep everybody safe, thank you so much.
“Hold your loved ones tight. Give them an extra kiss ’cause I know I will, ’cause you just never know anymore.”