ANAHEIM, California (Kyodo) -- Shohei Ohtani extended his hitting streak to eight games with a fourth-inning double but the Los Angeles Angels were defeated 5-2 by the Texas Rangers on Monday.
Ohtani, who was named Player of the Week for the Sept. 3-9 period, proved himself worthy of his second career weekly honor by going 2-for-4 with an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base -- his ninth of the season.
It was the Rangers who took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning at Angel Stadium on a two-run double by Joey Gallo and a two-run homer by Ronald Guzman, both off Los Angeles starter Jaime Barria (10-9). Barria lasted only three innings.
Ohtani started the action for the home team by doubling off lefty Mike Minor (12-7), stealing third, then coming around to score the Angels' first run on an RBI single by Jose Fernandez.
"I'm hitting the ball better and seeing the ball better against them (left-handed pitchers). I do feel more comfortable the more I step in against lefties," Ohtani said.
"As long they continue to play me, I want to do as well as I can."
In the seventh, he hit a run-scoring single to cut the Angels' deficit to 4-2, but it was not enough to prevent them from losing their first game in five.
Junichi Tazawa got three outs in the ninth for the Angels after Gallo added an insurance run on an RBI single in the eighth.
Neither Ohtani nor Angels manager Mike Scioscia spoke to reporters before the game about the potential reconstructive elbow surgery that the two-way star has been recommended to have by doctors.
But after the game, when asked if he planned to finish the season as hitter, Ohtani said he remains undecided about Tommy John surgery and wants to put aside distractions for now.
"There are various plans, and various options available to me. But I can't say yet how this will play out. Where I'm at right now is that I have a ball game tomorrow and I want to focus thoroughly on that. I think I'll make a decision before long," he said.