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Ohtani, Trout homer to lead Angels past Royals 5-2

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

March 30, 2023; Oakland, California, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) delivers a pitch during the sixth inning against the Oakland Athletics at RingCentral Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to help the Los Angeles Angels defeat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Sunday in the finale of a three-game series.

It’s the sixth time this season, and 28th overall, that Ohtani and Trout have homered in the same game. The Angels are 6-0 this season and 20-8 overall when both players go deep.

Ohtani saw the end of a six-game streak in which he recorded an extra-base hit, a walk and a run. The only other players in MLB history to accomplish that were Babe Ruth (seven times) and Barry Bonds (six).

The Royals fell to 3-19-1 in series in 2023. They have not won a series since May 15-17 in San Diego.

Tyler Anderson (4-1) surrendered two runs on six hits in five innings to earn the win. Carlos Estevez notched his 19th save in 19 tries.

Zack Greinke (1-7) allowed four runs on eight hits in five innings.

The Royals got on the board in the second. Maikel Garcia legged out a double leading off. Samad Taylor sacrificed him to third and he scored on a single by Freddy Fermin.

The Angels tied it in the fourth but could have had more than one run. Trout led off with a double and scored on a single by Brandon Drury. Hunter Renfroe followed with a single and Los Angeles had runners on first and second with no outs. Greinke struck out Chad Wallach, then got Michael Stefanic to fly to deep right, advancing both runners. Luis Rengifo was hit by a pitch. Andrew Velazquez hit a sharp ground ball that struck Rengifo to end the inning.

The Royals regained the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Garcia led off with a single and stole second. Taylor lined a single up the middle to score Garcia.

That lead didn’t last long, as Ohtani unloaded a 422-foot, two-run home run in the fifth, followed by Trout’s 408-footer on the next pitch.

Jared Walsh led off the ninth with a solo home run.


Royals RHP Brad Keller threw a bullpen session on Sunday. Keller has been on the injured list since May 19 with right shoulder impingement. He is expected to go to Arizona for rehabilitation before an official rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha.


The Royals selected the contract of RHP Brooks Kriske from Triple-A Omaha. Kriske had five saves in 25 appearances, recording 47 strikeouts in 27 innings in Omaha. In a corresponding move, the Royals designated RHP Mike Mayers for assignment. ... IF Michael Massey was placed on the 10-day IL (retroactive to June 15) with a left-hand laceration. ... IF Vinnie Pasquantino was transferred from the 10-day IL to the 60-day IL. He is out for the season. ... IF/OF Matt Beaty was selected from Triple-A Omaha.


The Angels have an off day on Monday before starting a two-game series in Anaheim against the crosstown rival Dodgers Tuesday. The Royals travel to Detroit, where they will start a three-game series against the Tigers. RHP Jordan Lyles (0-11, 6.89 ERA) will start for Kansas City against RHP Reese Olson (0-2, 6.08 ERA).