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Shohei Ohtani ties home run lead, earns win vs. Rangers

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ARLINGTON — Shohei Ohtani could do no wrong on Thursday night, as the MVP frontrunner silenced the Rangers’ lineup on the mound and fueled the Halos’ offense with an opposite-field two-run home run in a 5-3 Angels victory at Globe Life Field.

With the Angels holding a 3-2 lead in the eighth, Ohtani hammered a first-pitch Brock Burke slider 443 feet into the second deck in left-center field. It was his 22nd home run of the season to tie Mets slugger Pete Alonso for the Major League lead and was his fourth home run against the AL West-leading Rangers this series.

On Wednesday, Ohtani smashed the hardest-hit opposite-field home run by a left-handed batter since Statcast began tracking in 2015. Thursday’s two-run blast landed in a near-identical spot.

Though the homer wasn’t hit quite as hard as Wednesday’s, its impact was certainly felt, as it provided the Halos with a pair of much-needed insurance runs and paved the way for their series victory.

Ohtani also delivered six strong innings on the mound — allowing just two runs on six hits against a potent Rangers lineup. He accomplished this despite laboring through a 29-pitch first inning.

In that first inning, Ohtani walked the leadoff batter and yielded a single to Adolis García after a 10-pitch at-bat, but was able to escape the inning without surrendering a run. A two-out, two-run rally in the third inning was all the Rangers could get against him, though. Ohtani retired nine of the last 10 batters he faced from the fourth inning on.

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