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MLB: Tanaka takes 5th loss, Ohtani confident of pitching soon

New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka delivers the ball to the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game, on Aug. 27, 2018, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, drops his bat after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, on Aug. 27, 2018, in Anaheim, California. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

NEW YORK (Kyodo) -- Masahiro Tanaka remained one short of 10 wins after giving up four runs on Monday and suffering his fifth loss as the New York Yankees were beaten 6-2 by the Chicago White Sox.

At Yankee Stadium, Tanaka (9-5) threw five solid innings but gave up a 2-0 Yankees' lead in the sixth, when a double on a one-out bases-loaded jam and a sac fly cost the right-hander three runs.

Tanaka, who yielded 10 hits, walked one and hit a batter, had escaped a no-out, bases-loaded situation in the fourth but said the pressure to do it again was too great.

"I had good energy and was able to control the ball in the first bases-loaded pinch (in the fourth)," Tanaka said. "But in the sixth, I drove myself a little too hard to shut them down and ended up overexerting myself."

He gave up a fourth run in the seventh before being replaced. White Sox starter Carlos Rodon (6-3) and two relievers held the Yankees to three hits.

Tanaka, 29, earned his 2,000th strikeout over his career in Japan and the majors when he fanned two straight in a 1-2-3 first. He is looking to become the second Japanese major leaguer after Hiroki Kuroda to earn double-digit wins five years in a row.

At Angel Stadium, Shohei Ohtani hit a three-run blast for his 15th home run of the season as the Los Angeles Angels came back twice for a 10-7 win against the Colorado Rockies.

With the Angels trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Mike Trout singled in a run to halve the deficit. With two men aboard, the 24-year-old Ohtani belted a 0-1 pitch from Colorado starter Jon Gray over the center field wall for a 4-2 Angels' lead.

D. J. LeMahieu's grand slam in the eighth put the Rockies back on top, 7-5, but Ohtani singled against reliever Adam Ottavino (6-3) in the bottom half to help land the righty into a bases loaded jam.

Oh Seung Hwan took over the mound and worked Eric Young Jr. to a full count, and the left fielder slugged a line drive to center to drive in Ohtani and Jefry Marte for an 8-7 lead.

A throwing error added the final two runs, and Ohtani struck out to cap the five-run rally in the big inning.

Before the game, Ohtani threw 50 pitches over three innings in his second simulated game since being injured and said he feels ready to pitch for the Angels again.

"I can go now. I don't feel any uncertainty," Ohtani said. "There are a lot of things you won't know until you throw at the major league level. There's not much else to notice at this stage."

The two-way Japanese rookie is looking to make his first major league pitching start since June 6, a day before he received stem-cell and platelet-rich plasma injections to treat a right elbow injury.

Angels' manager Mike Scioscia said Ohtani's progress will be evaluated throughout the week before the club determines the next step in his rehabilitation.

"The pitch count was great. He maintained his stuff all the way through the workout. Three ups," Scioscia said, according to MLB.com.

"There are so many positives you can take away from it. The velocity was really good. It's a step forward. We'll see how he's evaluated in the next couple of days and then what the next step is."

Ohtani, who throws right and bats left, went 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in nine starts for the Angels before being sidelined with a Grade 2 sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

He has been used exclusively as a hitter since he came off the disabled list on July 3.

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