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A loses 100th game as Angels’ Ohtani holds them no-hitter until 8th

ANAHEIM – Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani threw a no-hitter in the eighth inning and extended his hitting streak to 14 games as he led the Los Angeles Angels against the Oakland Athletics 4-2 on Thursday night .

In his final home start of the season, Ohtani (15-8) walked Tony Kemp before striking out the next 22 batters in order. Conner Capel ended the no-hitter bid with a sharp ground shot that deflected the glove of slipping shortstop Livan Soto and into left center field with two outs in the eighth.

Even if Soto had been able to field him, he would have struggled to send Capel off.

Dermis Garcia followed with a clean left single before Ohtani grounded Shea Langeliers to third to end the inning.

It was Oakland’s 100th loss of the season, marking the first time since 1979 that it reached triple digits in the loss column. Seth Brown had an RBI grounder and Jonah Bride scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to avoid the shutout.

Ohtani had a perfect 51/3 innings in Houston on April 20 before Jason Castro singled to left field in the sixth. It was Houston’s only hit in the game.

The right-hander allowed two hits and struck out 10 in eight scoreless innings to tie his longest outing of the season. He also went eight innings in a no-decision game against Houston on Sept. 3.

The Japan two-way superstar and reigning AL MVP also extended his hitting streak to 14 games with an RBI single in the first. This is the longest current streak in the majors. Ohtani has 26 hits this season in games he also pitched.

Luis Rengifo, Taylor Ward and Max Stassi had solo homers for the Angels, who won four in a row and five of six.

After winning the American League MVP award last season, Ohtani is once again a top contender this year – arguably the top challenger to New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge, who hit his 61st homer on Wednesday night for equal the AL record set by Roger Maris in 1961. .

Ohtani is 161 innings pitched, one inning shy of securing a league-leading berth at the end of the season. Ohtani is likely to pitch in the season finale in Oakland on Oct. 5, so he does.

On the mound, Ohtani’s 15 wins are tied for third in the AL, his 213 strikeouts are third and 2.35 ERA is fourth. At plate, he is fourth in the league with 34 homers and sixth with 94 RBIs.

The Angels immediately jumped on Cole Irvin (9-13). The first four batters reached, putting Los Angeles ahead 2-0. Rengifo started with a homer into the Angels’ bullpen in left field, then Trout drove a double to the center field wall and scored on Ohtani’s base hit.

Ward extended Los Angeles’ lead to 3-0 in the third when he drove a dangling curveball from Irvin over the wall to left center. Stassi then went deep right on Norge Ruiz’s first pitch to lead the sixth.

Irvin went four innings and allowed three runs on nine hits with six strikeouts.

Joe Reedy is an Associated Press writer.