Baseball: Ohtani hits 41st home run as Angels edge Astros

Shohei Ohtani hit his AL-leading 41st home run Sunday with a solo blast in the sixth inning, as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Houston Astros 2-1 to avoid a three-game sweep.

Ohtani sent his first homer in nine games over the wall in center on a 1-0 slider from left-handed reliever Parker Mushinski, pushing the Angels' lead to 2-0 at Minute Maid Park.

The 2021 American League MVP went 1-for-3 with a walk.

The Astros pulled within a run in the bottom of the sixth when a wild pitch by Jose Soriano scored Jon Singleton, but the Angels bullpen preserved the one-run lead with Carlos Estevez working the ninth for his 25th save.

Chase Silseth (4-1) threw five scoreless innings for the win. Jose Urquidy (2-3) took the loss.

Meanwhile, the Angels will skip Ohtani's next pitching start in a three-game series beginning Monday against the Texas Rangers, as he informed manager Phil Nevin that he is dealing with fatigue in his right arm.

The two-way star is likely to pitch next during a three-game set the subsequent week against the Cincinnati Reds.

Among other Japanese players, New York Mets right-hander Kodai Senga picked up his ninth win after throwing six effective innings in a 7-6 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Senga (9-6) allowed three runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking two.

Baltimore Orioles right-hander Shintaro Fujinami recorded his first save with a scoreless 10th in a 5-3 win over the Seattle Mariners.

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