Pujols homers, drives in 3 as Angels top Royals 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Los Angeles Angels are off to a sizzling start, thanks to contributions from all over their lineup.

Albert Pujols homered and drove in three runs, Ian Kinsler had three hits and a sacrifice fly that scored Shohei Ohtani with the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Angels rallied to beat the Royals 5-4 on Friday night.

The Angels have won six straight and nine of 10. Their 12-3 start matches their best record after 15 games, set in 1979.

''We're just playing well right now,'' Pujols said. ''We're just kind of picking each other up. We had a great spring and we're carrying that into the season. And that's what we do every day, try to have fun and enjoy it. It's a great mix of veteran players and young players. You're hungry every day.''

Zack Cozart and Ohtani, who doubled in his first at-bat, led off the eighth with singles off Justin Grimm (0-2). After Andrelton Simmons advanced the runners with a bunt, Luis Valbuena's pinch-single scored Cozart and moved Ohtani to third. Kinsler's flyout to center drove in Ohtani.

''I like him anywhere in the lineup,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said of Ohtani. ''I like him in the batter's box. Just the way our lineup falls, we want Shohei to get his feet on the ground. It's his first go around, the first time seeing a lot of these pitchers and he's doing very well. I think it makes our lineup fairly deep when you have him hitting down a little lower, just for the fact of the guys swinging the bats up front.''

Blake Wood (1-0) worked a spotless seventh to pick up the victory. Keynan Middleton pitched the ninth for his third save in as many opportunities.

Pujols hit a two-run homer in the third with Kinsler aboard. Pujols' two-out single in the seventh scored Kinsler.

Paulo Orlando had two hits, scored a run and drove in a run to lead the Royals. Lucas Duda had three singles and scored a run.

Royals starter Jason Hammel held the Angels to two runs and eight hits over 5 1/3 innings.

The Royals have lost four straight and are 3-9, their worst 12-game start since 2012. They've been outscored 54-24 in their nine losses with the bullpen 0-4 with three blown saves.

''I'm sure there is frustration,'' Hammel said of the Royals' record. ''There naturally would be frustration, not just getting it done, a step behind. But it's a very long season. I'm not worried about it and the rest of the guys are not worried about it. We do need to find some rhythm, something to wake us up I guess. It's still like a spring training hangover.''

The game ended with Whit Merrifield thrown out trying to steal second on the first pitch to Mike Moustakas.

Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney, who had elbow surgery last year, allowed four runs - one unearned - and seven hits over five innings in his first start. He walked one and struck out seven.

ANGELS' PREFERRED LINEUP

For the first time this season, the Angels' lineup included Kinsler, Cozart and Ohtani with the other six position players. Ohtani moved up to the seventh spot for the first time after batting eighth in his previous six DH starts. While Kinsler was on the disabled list, the Angels went 9-3 with Cozart leading off. Scioscia, however, opted to put Kinsler back at the top of the order, with Cozart batting sixth. ''There was a lot of discussion of Coz staying there, but in the big picture of where we want to be in the long term, it has Ian leading off and Coz in a role hopefully with some guys on base,'' Scioscia said.

ROSTER MOVES

Angels: RHP Felix Pena was optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake to make roster space for Heaney.

Royals: RHP Brandon Maurer was optioned to Triple-A Omaha with an 0-2 record, a 12.46 ERA and allowing three home runs in 4 1/3 innings. He allowed three inherited runners to score Thursday on a triple by Ohtani. ''I think it was obvious to everybody that the time was right,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He's a better pitcher than that. He's a guy that should be an eighth-inning guy. He's a guy that should be able to close out games on days your closer needs a day. He's got that really good stuff. It's just he's off kilter and out of whack. He just needs to go get some confidence, have some success and come back up and take that position.'' RHP Kevin McCarthy was called up from the Storm Chasers.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Yost said C Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) would likely begin a minor league rehab assignment this weekend. ... OF Alex Gordon hit in the cages and did some soft toss in his first activity since Monday when he was diagnosed with a left hip labral tear.

UP NEXT

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards will make his first start at Kauffman Stadium since Aug. 13, 2015.

Royals: RHP Jakob Junis has not given up a run over 14 innings in his first two starts.

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KC3-9
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  • W: B. Wood (1-0)L: J. Grimm (0-2)S: K. Middleton (3)
  • HR: LAA - A. Pujols (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B42310000.385.357.615.97310.0
M. Trout CF40100113.271.389.576.9651.5
J. Upton LF50100014.288.357.492.8490.5
A. Pujols 1B51231003.284.304.463.7679.0
K. Calhoun RF50000034.230.254.311.565-1.5
Z. Cozart 3B41300000.286.328.492.8204.0
S. Ohtani DH41200012.367.424.7671.1913.5
A. Simmons SS30000023.339.379.435.814-1.0
M. Maldonado C30000002.256.341.308.6490.0
a- L. Valbuena PH10110000.275.315.412.7272.0
R. Rivera C00000000.333.412.6671.0780.0
  • a-singled for Maldonado in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almonte CF50000017.091.091.091.182-0.5
W. Merrifield 2B40110110.255.314.298.6121.5
M. Moustakas 3B40100021.333.360.563.9230.0
C. Cuthbert DH40000021.194.316.226.542-1.0
J. Soler RF41100000.212.325.273.5983.0
L. Duda 1B41300000.278.333.444.7784.0
P. Orlando LF41210011.241.241.310.5523.5
A. Escobar SS31100103.171.261.293.5544.0
C. Gallagher C20110113.125.176.188.3642.5
a- J. Jay PH10100000.262.367.333.7011.0
  • a-singled for Gallagher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Ohtani
  • HR - A. Pujols (3)
  • SF - I. Kinsler
  • SH - A. Simmons
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (2), A. Pujols 3 (9), L. Valbuena (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols 3 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (2), A. Escobar (3)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (2), P. Orlando (4), C. Gallagher (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield, C. Gallagher (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Kinsler 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Merrifield
FIELDING
  • E - A. Simmons
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney5.07431705.401.607.5
N. Ramirez0.22001102.452.05-2.5
J. Alvarez0.10000000.000.710.0
B. Wood (W, 1-0)1.00000000.000.8810.0
C. Bedrosian (H, 1)1.01000006.351.762.0
K. Middleton (S, 3)1.01001001.041.158.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney5.0
N. Ramirez0.2
J. Alvarez0.1
B. Wood (W, 1-0)1.0
C. Bedrosian (H, 1)1.0
K. Middleton (S, 3)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hammel5.18220413.861.417.0
T. Hill (H, 2)0.20000101.800.200.5
B. Keller (H, 1)1.02111201.501.000.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-2) (BS, 2)1.03220107.111.26-6.5
K. McCarthy1.00000000.000.003.0
PITCHERSIP
J. Hammel5.1
T. Hill (H, 2)0.2
B. Keller (H, 1)1.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-2) (BS, 2)1.0
K. McCarthy1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 85-54, N. Ramirez 21-13, J. Alvarez 4-3, B. Wood 19-11, C. Bedrosian 15-8, K. Middleton 13-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 3-4, N. Ramirez 1-0, J. Alvarez 1-0, B. Wood 1-2, C. Bedrosian 1-2, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 22, N. Ramirez 5, J. Alvarez, B. Wood 3, C. Bedrosian 4, K. Middleton 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 95-66, T. Hill 6-5, B. Keller 23-15, J. Grimm 26-16, K. McCarthy 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-4, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, K. McCarthy 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, T. Hill 2, B. Keller 6, J. Grimm 6, K. McCarthy 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B42310000.385.357.615.97310.0
M. Trout CF40100113.271.389.576.9651.5
J. Upton LF50100014.288.357.492.8490.5
A. Pujols 1B51231003.284.304.463.7679.0
K. Calhoun RF50000034.230.254.311.565-1.5
Z. Cozart 3B41300000.286.328.492.8204.0
S. Ohtani DH41200012.367.424.7671.1913.5
A. Simmons SS30000023.339.379.435.814-1.0
M. Maldonado C30000002.256.341.308.6490.0
a- L. Valbuena PH10110000.275.315.412.7272.0
R. Rivera C00000000.333.412.6671.0780.0
Total38513511821-----
  • a-singled for Maldonado in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Almonte CF50000017.091.091.091.182-0.5
W. Merrifield 2B40110110.255.314.298.6121.5
M. Moustakas 3B40100021.333.360.563.9230.0
C. Cuthbert DH40000021.194.316.226.542-1.0
J. Soler RF41100000.212.325.273.5983.0
L. Duda 1B41300000.278.333.444.7784.0
P. Orlando LF41210011.241.241.310.5523.5
A. Escobar SS31100103.171.261.293.5544.0
C. Gallagher C20110113.125.176.188.3642.5
a- J. Jay PH10100000.262.367.333.7011.0
Total35411303816-----
  • a-singled for Gallagher in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Ohtani
  • HR - A. Pujols (3)
  • SF - I. Kinsler
  • SH - A. Simmons
  • RBI - I. Kinsler (2), A. Pujols 3 (9), L. Valbuena (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Pujols 3 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Soler (2), A. Escobar (3)
  • RBI - W. Merrifield (2), P. Orlando (4), C. Gallagher (2)
  • 2-Out RBI - W. Merrifield, C. Gallagher (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - I. Kinsler 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - W. Merrifield
FIELDING
  • E - A. Simmons
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Heaney5.07431705.401.607.5
N. Ramirez0.22001102.452.05-2.5
J. Alvarez0.10000000.000.710.0
B. Wood (W, 1-0)1.00000000.000.8810.0
C. Bedrosian (H, 1)1.01000006.351.762.0
K. Middleton (S, 3)1.01001001.041.158.0
Total9.01143380---
PITCHERSIP
A. Heaney5.0
N. Ramirez0.2
J. Alvarez0.1
B. Wood (W, 1-0)1.0
C. Bedrosian (H, 1)1.0
K. Middleton (S, 3)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Hammel5.18220413.861.417.0
T. Hill (H, 2)0.20000101.800.200.5
B. Keller (H, 1)1.02111201.501.000.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-2) (BS, 2)1.03220107.111.26-6.5
K. McCarthy1.00000000.000.003.0
Total9.01355181---
PITCHERSIP
J. Hammel5.1
T. Hill (H, 2)0.2
B. Keller (H, 1)1.0
J. Grimm (L, 0-2) (BS, 2)1.0
K. McCarthy1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Heaney 85-54, N. Ramirez 21-13, J. Alvarez 4-3, B. Wood 19-11, C. Bedrosian 15-8, K. Middleton 13-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Heaney 3-4, N. Ramirez 1-0, J. Alvarez 1-0, B. Wood 1-2, C. Bedrosian 1-2, K. Middleton 1-0
  • Batters Faced - A. Heaney 22, N. Ramirez 5, J. Alvarez, B. Wood 3, C. Bedrosian 4, K. Middleton 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 95-66, T. Hill 6-5, B. Keller 23-15, J. Grimm 26-16, K. McCarthy 6-4
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-4, T. Hill 1-0, J. Grimm 1-1, K. McCarthy 3-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 24, T. Hill 2, B. Keller 6, J. Grimm 6, K. McCarthy 3
  • 8TH INNING
    Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to center, Ohtani scored54
    Valbuena singled to center, Cozart scored, Ohtani to third44
  • 7TH INNING
    Pujols singled to right center, Kinsler scored, Trout to third34
  • 4TH INNING
    Gallagher singled to left, Duda and Orlando scored, Gallagher to third on shortstop Simmons fielding error24
    Orlando singled to right, Soler scored, Duda to second22
  • 3RD INNING
    Merrifield singled to right, Escobar scored21
    Pujols homered to left, Kinsler scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kevin McCarthy relieved Justin Grimm
    • J. Upton: Upton grounded out to third
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Keynan Middleton relieved Cam Bedrosian
    • Jon Jay hit for Cam Gallagher
    • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Jay singled to right
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Jay out at second
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Justin Grimm relieved Brad Keller
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Cozart singled to left
    • S. Ohtani: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ohtani singled to center, Cozart to second
    • A. Simmons: Simmons hit sacrifice bunt to third, Cozart to third, Ohtani to second
    • Luis Valbuena hit for Martin Maldonado
    • L. Valbuena: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valbuena singled to center, Cozart scored, Ohtani to third
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler hit sacrifice fly to center, Ohtani scored
    • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Trout struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Rene Rivera catching
    • Cam Bedrosian relieved Blake Wood
    • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler flied out to deep right
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Duda singled to left
    • P. Orlando: Strike swinging, Ball, Orlando lined out to center
    • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Duda out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Brad Keller relieved Tim Hill
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado flied out to deep center
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler singled to left
    • M. Trout: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout walked, Kinsler to second
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
    • A. Pujols: Foul, Ball, Foul, Pujols singled to right center, Kinsler scored, Trout to third
    • K. Calhoun: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Blake Wood relieved Jose Alvarez
    • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas fouled out to right
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert flied out to center
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun flied out to left
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart singled to shallow left
    • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ohtani grounded out to second, Cozart to second
    • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Simmons struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Noe Ramirez relieved Andrew Heaney
    • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Duda singled to right
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Orlando singled to right, Duda to second
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar walked, Duda to third, Orlando to second
    • C. Gallagher: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Gallagher struck out looking
    • Jose Alvarez relieved Noe Ramirez
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Almonte grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Kinsler reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Trout: Trout lined out to third
    • J. Upton: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler stole second, Foul, Ball, Upton grounded out to third
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Pujols grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield popped out to first
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cuthbert fouled out to catcher
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Cozart singled to shallow left
    • S. Ohtani: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani struck out swinging
    • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
    • M. Maldonado: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
    • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Soler doubled to deep left
    • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda reached on an infield single to shortstop, Soler to third
    • P. Orlando: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Orlando singled to right, Soler scored, Duda to second
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar flied out to deep center, Duda to third
    • C. Gallagher: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher singled to left, Duda and Orlando scored, Gallagher to third on shortstop Simmons fielding error
    • A. Almonte: Strike (foul tip), Almonte grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler singled to right center
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler stole second, Foul, Trout grounded out to third
    • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Upton grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Pujols: Pujols homered to left, Kinsler scored
    • K. Calhoun: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar doubled to deep left
    • C. Gallagher: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gallagher walked
    • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Almonte grounded into double play shortstop to first, Escobar to third, Gallagher out at second
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to right, Escobar scored
    • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Cozart popped out to first
    • S. Ohtani: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ohtani doubled to left
    • A. Simmons: Ball, Foul, Simmons grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Maldonado: Strike looking, Maldonado grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • J. Soler: Soler grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Duda: Ball, Strike looking, Duda flied out to center
    • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Hammel Pitching:
    • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler lined out to center
    • M. Trout: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout singled to shallow right
    • J. Upton: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Upton singled to center, Trout to second
    • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Pujols grounded out to third, Trout to third, Upton to second
    • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Heaney Pitching:
    • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
    • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
    • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas reached on an infield single to third
    • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cuthbert struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)