Baseball: Ohtani singles in run, overcomes challenges for 1st win

Shohei Ohtani earned his first win Wednesday, bouncing back from early control issues and difficulties with a new rule to allow one run over six innings and drive in a run as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3.

Ohtani (1-0) walked the first two batters he faced and the Mariners took a 1-0 first-inning lead at T-Mobile Park. The Japanese walked four and hit two while striking out eight in a 111-pitch outing.

Leading 2-1 in the seventh, back-to-back RBI singles from Mike Trout and Ohtani off Andres Munoz made it 4-1 before the Mariners scored twice in the home half.

At the plate, Ohtani went 1-for-2 with two walks and became the first player penalized for violating MLB's new pitch-timer rule as both a hitter and a pitcher.

"With regard to my pitching, the first game was of course better," said Ohtani, who fanned 10 over six scoreless innings in his season debut against the Oakland Athletics last Thursday.

Ohtani was effective using the cutter he rarely threw last season as he eventually established a rhythm and struck out the last three batters he faced.

"It was reasonably positive I could set the tone of the game and threw until the sixth despite the bad outing," Ohtani said.

"I ended the game in good condition and feel I can go into the next game (well)," he said. "I hope to continue it, what's important is how much proper conditioning I can get toward the second half (of the season)."

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