Shohei Ohtani goes deep twice as Angels tie MLB record with seven home runs in loss to Athletics

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The Los Angeles Angels have been making history all season — not all of it good — and it continued again Thursday afternoon. Halos hit seven home runs in a loss to the Oakland Athletics, tying the major league record for homers in a loss. They are the sixth team to lose while going deep seven times.

Shohei Ohtani (who else?) led the way with two home runs. Joe Adel, Mickey Moniak, Kurt Suzuki, Jared Walsh and Taylor Ward all went deep as well. All seven home runs were solo homers.

The Angels are the first team in history to score at least seven runs in a game and each run came on a solo homer. Only twice before had a team scored as many as six runs in a game by hitting only solo homers. The A’s did it in 1991 and the Toronto Blue Jays did it in 2010.

Here are five other teams that hit seven home runs in a loss:

July 28, 2021


The White Sox

Date 17, Minute 14

August 12, 2020

Blue Jays


MIA 14, TOR 10 in 10 innings

June 25, 2017

The White Sox

Blue Jays

TOR 10, CWS 8

August 8, 2004


The Red Sox

BOS 11, DET 9

May 28, 1995


The White Sox

CWS 14, DET 12

This season the Angels now have one no-hitter (Reid Detmers on May 10), one cycle (Walsh on June 11), one immaculate inning (Detmers on July 31), a franchise-record 14-game losing streak, four managers (Joe Madden , interim Phil Niven, plus fill-ins Ray Montgomery and Bill Hasselman while others were serving suspensions) and now have the most home run deficits in MLB history. This is the truest tweet ever made:

Thursday’s loss dropped the Angels to 44-61 on the season. They are 23-50 since starting the season 21-11. The Angels haven’t been to the postseason since 2014 and haven’t won a postseason game since 2009.