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Ohtani breaks Matsui’s home run record; Dodgers crush Mets 10-0 to end NY streak

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Shohei Ohtani made history Sunday by breaking Hideki Matsui’s record for major league home runs by a Japanese slugger with a huge hit in the third inning. Ohtani’s 450-foot line drive off Adrian Houser helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a resounding 10-0 victory over the New York Mets, ending their three-game skid.

Ohtani, a two-time American League MVP, now has 176 home runs in his just over six seasons in the Major Leagues with the Angels and Dodgers, surpassing Matsui’s previous record. The record-breaking hit was part of a dominant performance by the Dodgers, with Tyler Glasnow striking out 10 and holding off New York with seven hits in eight solid innings.

Cuban rookie Andy Pages also had a memorable debut, hitting his first career home run during the fifth inning as the Dodgers scored eight runs. Freddie Freeman and Will Smith added two-run doubles, while Mookie Betts contributed with a single in the fifth inning.

The Mets, who had won eight of their previous nine games, were eliminated for the second time this year after their six-game winning streak was snapped. Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor and Tomás Nido had modest performances for New York, while Cuban Andy Pages and Puerto Rican Enrique Hernández shined for the Dodgers.

After starting the season 0-5, the Dodgers have now won 12 of their last 15 games, showing their strength and depth as they look to continue their winning ways throughout the season.