Indians’ Triston McKenzie stops Angels, strikes out Shohei Ohtani three times in 5-1 win


Cleveland Indians’ Bradley Zimmer, Oscar Mercado, and Myles Straw hug after they defeated the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Triston McKenzie struck out Shohei Ohtani three times while pitching two-hit ball into the eighth inning, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Ohtani leads the majors with 40 home runs, but struck out swinging in the first, third and sixth.

The matchup had the crowd of 31,406 at Progressive Field buzzing and the ovation for McKenzie grew louder with each at-bat between the two.

Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez, right, is congratulated by Myles Straw after hitting a three-run home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

McKenzie struck out eight and was pulled after walking José Iglesias to begin the eighth — the only free pass he allowed.

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