Ohtani’s legs help Angels past Rangers, who lose Game 100 – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Shohei Ohtani started a four-run rally in the sixth inning with his legs, and the Los Angeles Angels beat Texas 7-2 on Wednesday night to send the Rangers to their first 100-game losing streak since 1973.
With the score 2-2, Ohtani started the sixth with a sharp ground shot against first baseman Nathaniel Lowe and beat pitcher Taylor Hearn to the sack. Ohtani stole second, went on to third on a catch error from receiver Jose Trevino, and came home when Jack Mayfield hit a single in an infield.
Ahead of the game, Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon said the two-way star would no longer be throwing this season. Ohtani is hitting .258 with 45 homers, 98 RBIs and 26 stolen goals to go along with a 9-2 record with a 3.18 ERA in 23 starts, and 156 strikeouts and 44 walks in 130 1/3 sleeves.
Texas joined Baltimore and Arizona (107 losses) as 100 game losers, and Pittsburgh has 99 losses with four games to go. The only previous seasons with four 100-losing teams were 2002 and 2019.
Jared Walsh and Juan Lagares added RBI singles in the sixth and Luis Rengifo hit in a knockdown.
Texas put runners in the corners with no outs in the sixth against reliever Austin Warren, but Jose Quijada (1-2) struck out the next three batters for his first win since July 2019.
Hearn (6-6) allowed four runs and six hits in 5-1 / 3 innings, tossing a career-high 91 shots.
Angels rookie starter Janson Junk had a two-hit shutout in the fifth inning, then allowed four straight singles with two strikeouts that tied the score 2-2. Making his fourth big-league start, Junk allowed seven hits in 4 1/3 innings, struck out five on catches and walked none with a career-high 69 shots.
Los Angeles were leading 2-0 in the second inning and had runners in the second and third with two strikeouts when Lagares was struck out on third base by Trevino. When Lagares dove for the sack, his main hand got stuck in the foot of third baseman Yonny Hernandez.
Ohtani stole two goals and joined Jose Canseco (1988, ’91, ’98) as the only AL player with 45 homers and 25 interceptions. He is the first to score 100 points as well.
Four relievers have struck out the last 12 Texas hitters in sequence, striking out seven.… 2B Rangers Andy Ibanez has gone 2 for 4 and is hitting .421 in his last 22 games, increasing his average from .200 to .277. … Angels OF Taylor Ward was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake and played for Los Angeles for the first time since July 20, being on the minor league injury list from July 30 through September. 16 with a rib problem. Ward picked twice and walked.
Rangers: RHP Kyle Cody (shoulder sticking) underwent arthroscopic surgery on Wednesday. The earliest for Cody’s return is mid-season 2022.
Angels RHP Alex Cobb (8-3, 3.46 ERA) has allowed just one earned run in each of his last six starts.
RHP Ranger rookie Glenn Otto (0-3, 8.02) will make his sixth start since arriving in Texas during the July 29 trade that sent Joey Gallo to the New York Yankees. Otto allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings in Anaheim on September 3, securing a no-decision in the 3-2 loss to Texas.