With his fastball hitting 99 miles per hour and his off-speed pitches plummeting through the strike zone, the Japanese right-hander reached 43 strikeouts for the season, blowing past Bo Belinsky's franchise record for strikeouts in a pitcher's first six games. He was denied the win after reliever Cam Bedrosian allowed the game-tying RBI single by Joe Mauer. Unfortunately, we didn't get that hit here or there when we needed it. 3B Miguel Sano (left hamstring) is still not pain-free and would have his on-field rehabilitation dialed back as a precaution, Twins manager Paul Molitor said.
Saturday: Went 0 for 2 with four walks and a stolen base in a 5-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins in 12 innings.
Ohtani gave up just one run on three hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings, striking out 11.
16 Angels runners left on base.
Upton went 2 for 5, but did not hit a home run for the fifth consecutive game, which would have tied the team record set by Bobby Bonds from August 2-7, 1977.
The 23-year-old right-hander had his slider working and clocked 160 kilometers per hour with his fastball, striking out five consecutive batters at one point. With AP Photos.Eddie Rosario scored from first on Mitch Garver's double in the 11th inning and the Minnesota Twins beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3.