Baseball: Ohtani surrenders 6 runs, takes 2nd straight loss

Two-way star Shohei Ohtani was stung for six runs over 3-2/3 innings Thursday as he started his pitching season with two straight defeats as the Los Angeles Angels lost 10-5 against the Texas Rangers.

Ohtani (0-2), the reigning American League MVP, was given a two-run first-inning lead, but allowed two singles and a walk in the second before Jonah Heim homered down the right-field line at Globe Life Field for a grand slam, connecting on a hanging 0-2 split-fingered fastball.

Heim singled in another in the fourth after Willie Calhoun opened the frame with a double. Ohtani left the mound with two outs and a runner on, and reliever Brian Moran surrendered a two-run homer to Corey Seager.

As was the case on Opening Day, Ohtani remained in the leadoff as designated hitter after getting the hook, thanks to the "Ohtani Rule" introduced this year.

Ohtani, who batted .257 with 46 homers last year, hasn't yet found his rhythm at the plate this year. He's currently batting .172 without a home run. He got a double and scored in the ninth, however, and finished 1-for-4 with a walk.

Meanwhile, Seiya Suzuki is enjoying a great start to his MLB career, driving in a run for the fifth straight game to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2.

Batting fifth, the former Hiroshima Carp slugger doubled to left-center field in the first to plate the team's third run at Coors Field and went 1-for-4.

Yoshitomo Tsutsugo had his first hit in four games during the Pittsburgh Pirates' 9-4 win over the Washington Nationals.

Tsutsugo walked, singled, scored a run and drove in one. His sixth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Pirates a 7-4 lead.

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