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MLB: Angels' Ohtani extends hit streak to 10 straight games

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels slides into third base for a triple in the second inning of a game against the Texas Rangers on Aug 19, 2019, at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. (Kyodo)

ARLINGTON, Texas (Kyodo) -- Shohei Ohtani extended his career-best major league hit streak to 10 straight games on Monday but was unlucky on two occasions as the Los Angeles Angels fell 8-7 to the Texas Rangers in extra innings.

The Japanese designated hitter reached on catcher interference in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington, and cranked an RBI triple into the left-center field gap in the second, coming around to score in both innings.

The Los Angeles offense tagged Rangers starter Kolby Allard for seven runs on the way to a 7-1 lead by the end of the second frame, but Texas pitchers did not allow a run for the next nine innings as the Rangers hit six unanswered runs and tied the game in the eighth.

In the ninth, Ohtani drew one of three walks that loaded the bases for Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc in the ninth, but did not bring home the go-ahead run after an inning-ending pop out from Luis Rengifo.

The 25-year-old Japanese got another chance with one out and the bases loaded in the 10th, when he broke his bat on a line drive that was imperceptibly caught by Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor and flipped to first for a double play.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit a walk-off RBI single in the 11th off Noe Ramirez (4-2), the Angels' eighth pitcher of the game, to end the Rangers' four-game losing skid.

Since making a late start this season in his return from Tommy John surgery, Ohtani is hitting .302 with 16 home runs, 53 RBIs and 96 hits in 318 at-bats.

After singling in the seventh, Ohtani stole his 11th base of the year to top the 10 he recorded in his major league debut season last year.

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