Ohtani's 3-run triple sends Angels to 7-1 win over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Shohei Ohtani had to get a new bat for his triple that broke open the game.

Ohtani tripled with the bases loaded in a five-run seventh inning to help the streaking Los Angeles Angels beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory.

Ohtani gave one of his bats to a 6-year-old boy, Leo Guastello, who boldly asked for it before the game when the two-way rookie star from Japan was signing autographs.

''He looked really sad when he was asking me,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''He really wanted that bat, so I gave it to him. Hopefully he can swing the bat and become a good player someday, but I can't be doing this all the time or I'll run out of bats.''

Mike Trout homered for the Angels, and Ian Kinsler went deep on his first swing in his return to the lineup. Nick Tropeano (1-0) pitched shutout ball into the seventh for his first major league win since 2016.

Kole Calhoun had a two-run single in the seventh for Los Angeles, which has won eight of nine.

With two strikes, Ohtani drove a 97 mph fastball from Brandon Maurer to right-center for his first major league triple, scoring Calhoun, Andrelton Simmons and Luis Valbuena.

''The outfielders were playing in, so I knew once it got past them,'' Ohtani said. ''I wasn't sitting only on a changeup. He made that pitch really good previously, so I had that in my head. He has a really good, firm fastball, so I was ready for that, too.''

The Royals had walked Ohtani intentionally in the sixth with first base open and Simmons on second.

Ohtani is tied with Trout for the Angels' lead with 11 RBIs - in 26 at-bats. Trout went 3 for 4 with his fifth home run and has 55 at-bats.

Kinsler led off the game with a home run for the 47th time in his career, driving a 1-0 pitch from Ian Kennedy (1-1) out to left. Kinsler missed the previous 11 games with an adductor strain.

''Looking at video, they score a ton of runs,'' Kennedy said. ''They're a veteran lineup. They're aggressive, but they're selective in certain situations, too. You have to make your pitches. They have plenty of guys in the lineup that can hurt you with base hits, with power. Ohtani is their eighth hitter and he's pretty good.''

Tropeano, making his first big league appearance since July 18, 2016, limited the Royals to six hits over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He had elbow surgery in August 2016 and missed last season.

Tropeano threw 88 pitches, struck out six and walked two.

''A year and a half watching all your buddies play and all I wanted to do was compete,'' Tropeano said. ''I just wanted to leave it all out on the field.''

Kennedy was removed after six innings and 100 pitches. He allowed seven hits but just the one run on Kinsler's homer.

The Royals, who have lost eight of 11, have scored a total of 32 runs this season - and 10 of those came in Monday's victory over Seattle.

Lucas Duda singled home Mike Moustakas, who doubled, with two outs in the eighth for Kansas City.

LINEUP CHANGES

Royals DH Whit Merrifield hit fifth for the second time in his career. He batted second in the first 10 games of the season. ''Whit has been a good table-setter, now let's see if we can take him from a table-setter to a table-cleaner-upper,'' manager Ned Yost said. Jorge Soler replaced Merrifield in the 2-hole and struck out four times. Merrifield went 0 for 4 and stranded three runners. ... Angels INF Zack Cozart, who had started the first 13 games, 12 at second base, was given the night off.

ROSTER MOVES

The Angels optioned RHP Jamie Barria, who won his big league debut on Wednesday at Texas, and INF Ryan Schimpf to Triple-A Salt Lake.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Alex Gordon, on the disabled list with a left labrum tear, had 2009 surgery on a right labrum tear. He said this feels similar to 2009. ''I feel like I'm a different stage of my career right now and surgery is the last thing I want to do,'' said the 34-year-old five-time Gold Glove winner. He received a cortisone shot Monday and has been shut down since. ''They're pretty optimistic about it,'' Gordon said. ''The first thing they (the medical staff) said was, this doesn't have to be surgery. You hear the labrum tear and you get down in the dumps. This is my last day of not doing anything. After today, I'll have a lot better answers for you as far as how it feels and maybe the timetable upon the return.''

UP NEXT

Angels: LHP Andrew Heaney gets the ball Friday night in Kansas City, his first start of the year after beginning the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel will try to build off Sunday's strong outing. He threw six scoreless innings in a no-decision at Cleveland.

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  • W: N. Tropeano (1-0)L: I. Kennedy (1-1)
  • HR: LAA - I. Kinsler (1), M. Trout (5)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B51111000.222.222.556.7786.0
M. Trout CF42311100.273.388.600.98810.0
J. Upton LF51300000.296.369.519.8884.0
A. Pujols 1B50200006.274.297.419.7163.0
J. Marte PR-1B00000000.440.481.6401.1210.0
K. Calhoun RF51120022.250.276.339.6153.0
A. Simmons SS41200100.356.397.458.8545.0
L. Valbuena 3B51200002.260.302.400.7023.0
S. Ohtani DH40130112.346.414.7691.1836.5
M. Maldonado C50000004.278.366.333.6990.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF40100000.244.354.317.6711.0
    J. Soler RF40000041.207.333.241.575-2.0
    M. Moustakas 3B41200000.341.370.591.9604.0
    L. Duda 1B40210002.219.286.406.6923.0
    W. Merrifield DH40000012.256.304.302.607-0.5
    A. Almonte CF40100010.167.167.167.3330.5
    R. Goins 2B40300002.333.333.417.7504.0
    A. Escobar SS20000211.158.238.263.5011.5
    D. Butera C40000015.167.222.250.472-0.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (3), A. Simmons (3)
      • 3B - S. Ohtani
      • HR - I. Kinsler, M. Trout (5)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler, M. Trout (11), K. Calhoun 2 (9), S. Ohtani 3 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (7), S. Ohtani 3 (10)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (3), R. Goins
      • RBI - L. Duda (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Tropeano (W, 1-0)6.26002600.001.2023.0
      J. Johnson1.12110103.120.810.5
      B. Parker1.01000105.401.502.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Tropeano (W, 1-0)6.2
      J. Johnson1.1
      B. Parker1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-1)6.07112311.001.067.5
      B. Boyer0.245510023.143.21-10.0
      B. Maurer1.131100112.462.54-1.0
      K. Herrera0.21000000.000.50-1.0
      B. Smith0.10000006.753.000.0
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-1)6.0
      B. Boyer0.2
      B. Maurer1.1
      K. Herrera0.2
      B. Smith0.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Tropeano 88-56, J. Johnson 16-11, B. Parker 15-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Tropeano 4-8, J. Johnson 3-0
      • Batters Faced - N. Tropeano 26, J. Johnson 6, B. Parker 4
      PITCHING
      • IBB - I. Kennedy
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 100-63, B. Boyer 25-15, B. Maurer 29-22, K. Herrera 16-10, B. Smith 1-1
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-9, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Maurer 2-2, K. Herrera 2-0
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, B. Boyer 7, B. Maurer 7, K. Herrera 3, B. Smith
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA11-3
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B51111000.222.222.556.7786.0
      M. Trout CF42311100.273.388.600.98810.0
      J. Upton LF51300000.296.369.519.8884.0
      A. Pujols 1B50200006.274.297.419.7163.0
      J. Marte PR-1B00000000.440.481.6401.1210.0
      K. Calhoun RF51120022.250.276.339.6153.0
      A. Simmons SS41200100.356.397.458.8545.0
      L. Valbuena 3B51200002.260.302.400.7023.0
      S. Ohtani DH40130112.346.414.7691.1836.5
      M. Maldonado C50000004.278.366.333.6990.0
      Total42715723316-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay LF40100000.244.354.317.6711.0
        J. Soler RF40000041.207.333.241.575-2.0
        M. Moustakas 3B41200000.341.370.591.9604.0
        L. Duda 1B40210002.219.286.406.6923.0
        W. Merrifield DH40000012.256.304.302.607-0.5
        A. Almonte CF40100010.167.167.167.3330.5
        R. Goins 2B40300002.333.333.417.7504.0
        A. Escobar SS20000211.158.238.263.5011.5
        D. Butera C40000015.167.222.250.472-0.5
        Total3419102813-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Pujols (3), A. Simmons (3)
          • 3B - S. Ohtani
          • HR - I. Kinsler, M. Trout (5)
          • RBI - I. Kinsler, M. Trout (11), K. Calhoun 2 (9), S. Ohtani 3 (11)
          • 2-Out RBI - K. Calhoun 2 (7), S. Ohtani 3 (10)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (3), R. Goins
          • RBI - L. Duda (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - L. Duda (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Tropeano (W, 1-0)6.26002600.001.2023.0
          J. Johnson1.12110103.120.810.5
          B. Parker1.01000105.401.502.5
          Total9.0911280---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Tropeano (W, 1-0)6.2
          J. Johnson1.1
          B. Parker1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy (L, 1-1)6.07112311.001.067.5
          B. Boyer0.245510023.143.21-10.0
          B. Maurer1.131100112.462.54-1.0
          K. Herrera0.21000000.000.50-1.0
          B. Smith0.10000006.753.000.0
          Total9.01577332---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy (L, 1-1)6.0
          B. Boyer0.2
          B. Maurer1.1
          K. Herrera0.2
          B. Smith0.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Tropeano 88-56, J. Johnson 16-11, B. Parker 15-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Tropeano 4-8, J. Johnson 3-0
          • Batters Faced - N. Tropeano 26, J. Johnson 6, B. Parker 4
          PITCHING
          • IBB - I. Kennedy
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 100-63, B. Boyer 25-15, B. Maurer 29-22, K. Herrera 16-10, B. Smith 1-1
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 6-9, B. Boyer 1-1, B. Maurer 2-2, K. Herrera 2-0
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 27, B. Boyer 7, B. Maurer 7, K. Herrera 3, B. Smith
          • 8TH INNING
            Duda singled to right, Moustakas scored71
            Trout homered to center70
          • 7TH INNING
            Ohtani tripled to deep right center, Calhoun, Simmons and Valbuena scored60
            Calhoun singled to center, Trout and Upton scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Kinsler homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Brandon Maurer
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Simmons singled to left
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Valbuena reached on fielder's choice to first, Simmons out at second
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ohtani reached on fielder's choice to third, Valbuena out at second
            • Burch Smith relieved Kelvin Herrera
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Parker relieved Jim Johnson
            • A. Almonte: Almonte flied out to center
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Goins singled to left
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Goins to second on fielder's indifference, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Butera popped out to second
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Maurer Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler flied out to right
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Trout homered to center
            • J. Upton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Upton flied out to center
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols singled to left
            • Jefry Marte ran for Albert Pujols
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Johnson Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay grounded out to third
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas doubled to left center
            • L. Duda: Foul, Duda singled to right, Moustakas scored
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield grounded into fielder's choice to second, Duda out at second
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Ian Kennedy
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to deep right
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout reached on an infield single to second
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Upton singled to left, Trout to second
            • A. Pujols: Foul, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to shortstop, Trout to third, Upton to second
            • K. Calhoun: Calhoun singled to center, Trout and Upton scored
            • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Simmons walked, Calhoun to second
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Valbuena reached on an infield single to pitcher, Calhoun to third, Simmons to second
            • Brandon Maurer relieved Blaine Boyer
            • S. Ohtani: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ohtani tripled to deep right center, Calhoun, Simmons and Valbuena scored
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (5 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep right
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte flied out to left
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins doubled to deep left
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • Jim Johnson relieved Nick Tropeano
            • D. Butera: Foul, Butera grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Goins out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Ball, Simmons doubled to right
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Valbuena fouled out to first
            • S. Ohtani: Ohtani intentionally walked
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas lined out to left
            • L. Duda: Foul, Duda grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Maldonado grounded out to third
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Trout reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Upton singled to center, Trout to second
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Pujols grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • D. Butera: Butera lined out to center
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jay flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Calhoun struck out on foul tip
            • A. Simmons: Foul, Strike looking, Simmons grounded out to third
            • L. Valbuena: Valbuena singled to center
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ohtani flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Duda singled to right
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield lined out to left
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Almonte singled to right, Duda to third
            • R. Goins: Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Goins lined into double play third to first, Almonte out at first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Maldonado flied out to deep right
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to first
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Upton singled to center, Trout to third
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Simmons lined out to first
            • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena flied out to left
            • S. Ohtani: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ohtani struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • R. Goins: Foul, Ball, Goins singled to right
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked, Goins to second
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Butera struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler homered to left
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Trout flied out to center
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Pujols doubled to deep right
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun lined out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Tropeano Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Jay singled to right
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas singled to right, Jay to second
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Duda grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Moustakas out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)