Ohtani blasts MLB-leading 41st homerun

Ohtani Shohei of the Los Angeles Angels has widened his lead in Major League Baseball's homerun race by smashing his 41st round-tripper of the season on Thursday.

The Japanese two-way star batted first in the lineup as a designated hitter against the Orioles in Baltimore, one day after starting as a pitcher.

In the first inning, Ohtani slammed the second pitch into the right field stands for his first homer in seven games and his third as leadoff batter this season. His lead in the MLB homerun rankings has widened to five.

Ohtani was walked twice and flied out in his three other at-bats. His batting average stands at .269.

Ohtani's homer was the only bright spot for the Angels. The Orioles won 13-1, handing the Angels their second straight loss.