Ohtani homers as Angels halt record losing streak (0:31)

Shohei Ohtani gives the Angels the lead with a home run. There is a 0:31

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Shohei Ohtani gave the Los Angeles Angels a much-needed win.

The Angels snapped their 14-game losing streak on Thursday night when Ohtani hit a two-run home run in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie.

The Angels' streak was the longest ever for a team with a reigning Most Valuable Player, beating the 13 straight by the 1985 Chicago Cubs and 11 by the 1995 Houston Astros. The American League's Most Valuable Player Award was won by Ohtani.

During the Angels' 14-game losing streak, Ohtani slashed only.192/.333/.383, but he gave them a two-run home run in the fifth and a line-drive single in the seventh. The Angels hadn't won since May 24, but Andrew Velazquez broke the game open with a three-run home run in the sixth.

The longest losing streak for a team that was at least 10 games above.500 was for the Angels. The Los Angeles Dodgers, the 1982 Atlanta Braves and the 1951 New York Giants all made the playoffs despite losing at least 10 games in a row.

The Angels are currently three games below.500 and two games back of the final playoff spot in the American League.