Ohtani, McCullers duel into late innings, Astros beat Angels

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)


HOUSTON (AP) — Shohei Ohtani struck out 10 in an impressive duel with Lance McCullers Jr., and the Houston Astros broke loose against the Angels’ bullpen to beat Los Angeles 5-1. Ohtani allowed one run and four hits with one walk in seven innings, solving his control troubles in his longest start of the season. The two-way star then moved to play right field, and Yuli Gurriel homered during Houston’s four-run eighth. Ohtani batted second and went 1 for 4, striking out twice. McCullers yielded three hits, including a homer by Taylor Ward, while tying a season high with nine strikeouts in going eight innings.