Shohei Ohtani launched his 18th home run of the year on Wednesday and recorded a major league career-high 62nd RBI in the Los Angeles Angels' 4-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians.
The Japanese designated hitter, batting in the No. 3 slot, cut the Angels' deficit to two runs in the bottom of the fifth at Angel Stadium after crushing a deep shot to right center off Cleveland starter Adam Plutko.
"I reacted and connected well (on the home run)," Ohtani said. "There was a mix of pitches coming on the outside and on the inside and I think I just swung at a good spot."
Kole Calhoun brought Los Angeles within a run with a solo blast in the eighth and Ohtani reached on a force out in the ninth, but was left stranded when Indians reliever Adam Cimber fanned Albert Pujols to close out the win.
Ohtani went 1-for-5 for the day with two strikeouts.
Last season, Ohtani was named American League Rookie of the Year after hitting .285 at the plate with 22 home runs and 61 RBIs while going 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA on the mound in an injury-shortened major league debut as a two-way player.
The 25-year-old, who bats left and pitches right, is expected to return to the mound for the Angels next season after he fully recovers from the Tommy John surgery he underwent last October.