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OC Register: Angels’ Shohei Ohtani leaves early with blister as Mookie Betts hits 3 homers in Red Sox rout


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  • The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts watches his third home run of the game leave the park in the eighth inning off of Angels’ reliever Cam Bedrosian at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts watches his third home run of the game leave the park in the eighth inning off of Angels’ reliever Cam Bedrosian at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani watches a lead-off home run leave the park off the bat of the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani watches a lead-off home run leave the park off the bat of the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Shohei Ohtani fans cheer him on before the start of the Angels’ game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Shohei Ohtani fans cheer him on before the start of the Angels’ game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat after giving up a lead-off home run in the first inning to the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat after giving up a lead-off home run in the first inning to the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts scores after a lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado looks on as the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts scores after a lead-off home run in the first inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani calls for his interpreter after the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani calls for his interpreter after the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani heads downstairs after pitching the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani heads downstairs after pitching the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani prepares to warm up before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani prepares to warm up before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani warms up before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani warms up before their game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws to the plate against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani throws to the plate against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks up at the sky during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks up at the sky during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani gets a mound visit from pitching coach Charles Nagy during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani gets a mound visit from pitching coach Charles Nagy during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks to the outfield after loading the bases during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks to the outfield after loading the bases during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani adjusts his hat during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani reacts as he heads to the dugout after the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani reacts as he heads to the dugout after the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia talks with physical therapist Bernard Li about starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani after the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani gathers his stuff after being leaving the game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani gathers his stuff after being leaving the game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani heads to the clubhouse after leaving the game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani heads to the clubhouse after leaving the game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks at his hand while pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani looks at his hand while pitching against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Ohtani lasted two innings, giving up three-run on four hits. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado wipes his eyes as the Boston Red Sox’ Jackie Bradley, Jr. scores in the second inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    Los Angeles Angels catcher Martin Maldonado wipes his eyes as the Boston Red Sox’ Jackie Bradley, Jr. scores in the second inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Boston Red Sox’ Brock Holt celebrates with Christian Vazquez after his two-run home run in the third inning as Mookie Betts smiles, at left, against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Betts would hit his second homer of the night in the next at-bat. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Brock Holt celebrates with Christian Vazquez after his two-run home run in the third inning as Mookie Betts smiles, at left, against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. Betts would hit his second homer of the night in the next at-bat. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    Boston fans celebrate a solo home run from the Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts, his second of the night, during the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases past the Angels’ Jefrey Marte, after his second home run of the night in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases past the Angels’ Jefrey Marte, after his second home run of the night in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his second home run of the night, in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his second home run of the night, in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado after his second home run of the night in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts scores past Angels’ catcher Martin Maldonado after his second home run of the night in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts is welcomed into the dugout after his second home run of the night in the third inning at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts watches his third home run of the game leave the park in the eighth inning against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his third home run of the game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

    The Boston Red Sox’ Mookie Betts rounds the bases after his third home run of the game against the Angels at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. (Photo by Kevin Sullivan, Orange County Register/SCNG)

  • Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts is congratulated in the dugout after his third home run of the night, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts is congratulated in the dugout after his third home run of the night, during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Tuesday, April 17, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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ANAHEIM — Just when it seemed the entire baseball world was on the Shohei Ohtani bandwagon, it crashed.

Ohtani gave up three runs and developed a blister in two sloppy innings of the Angels’ 10-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night, a loss that ended their seven-game win streak.

There was no immediate word if the blister issue is serious enough that it could impact Ohtani’s next start, which would probably be next Tuesday in Houston.

Off to the best start in franchise history, the Angels had won seven games in a row and were the owners of baseball’s best story. Ohtani was thriving in his bid to become baseball’s first two-way star since Babe Ruth.

A sellout crowd of 44,822 – the second-largest crowd since the 1998 renovation of Angel Stadium – packed the ballpark to see him make his third start of the year.

Some of them had not even found their seats by the time Ohtani’s game began to unravel, though.

Mookie Betts took a 97 mph fastball at the bottom of the zone and he crushed it over the center-field fence, leading off the game with a homer – the first of three he would hit.

From there, it was apparent that Ohtani did not have command of his split-finger fastball, which is his best pitch. He bounced several of them well in front of the plate, not even tempting the Red Sox to swing.

Ohtani got out of the first inning with only one run on the board, but it took him 28 pitches to record three outs.

In the second, he was having more of the same issue. He practically abandoned the splitter, leaving him mostly to throw his fastball and slider.

Jackie Bradley Jr. lined a single to center. Christian Vazquez then drew a walk, prompting a visit from pitching coach Charlie Nagy.

After the visit, Ohtani started throwing harder, his fastballs ticking up from about 96-97 to 98-99, but the results were no better.

Brock Holt dropped an opposite field blooper into left on a 99.7-mph fastball, pushing home the second run. Ohtani then walked Betts to load the bases. Andrew Benintendi hit a sacrifice fly to left, pushing the lead to 3-0.

Ohtani retired Hanley Ramírez on a groundout on his 66th pitch of the night.

Ohtani had some issues with blisters from as far back as spring training. Last week while the Angels were in Texas, Ohtani could be seen in the dugout with a bandage on the middle finger of his right hand. Nagy said at the time that the blister was not an issue.

Ohtani had since thrown another bullpen session, and he was all set to pitch on Sunday in Kansas City before that game was postponed because of freezing temperatures.

As a result, Ohtani had eight days of rest since his last outing, two more than his normal amount and four more than most pitchers.

The Angels still trailed only 3-0 when Ohtani left, a manageable deficit for the team that had been the highest scoring club in baseball through their first 16 games. Luke Bard, however, let it get away quickly. The rookie reliever gave up five runs on three homers in the third inning, including the second of the game from Betts.

The Angels trailed 8-0 before they got their first hit against David Price, in the bottom of the third.

Betts hit his third homer in the top of the eighth.

More to come on this story.

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