Angels win 7th in row, beat KC 5-3 in snow; Ohtani up next

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Even wintry weather couldn't cool off the streaking Los Angeles Angels.

Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Luis Valbuena homered as the Angels won their seventh straight, beating the Kansas City Royals 5-3 Saturday night while playing the final innings in the snow.

The Angels won their ninth consecutive road game, and will have Shohei Ohtani as their starting pitcher Sunday. The Royals have lost five straight.

''Just raw,'' Trout said of the conditions. ''The first couple of innings were all right and then it got a little windy. The last couple of ABs, it was tough to see and, obviously, you can't feel your hands. It was a battle, but it was a big win for us. It was definitely one of the coldest games I've ever played.

''Standing in the outfield it was ... I love snow, but, whew, it was tough. I think the biggest thing was the wind. Obviously snow in your face, but once that wind changed a little bit, it was blowing in your face at the plate. There were a few pitches my last at-bat I couldn't even see,'' he said.

Trout hit his AL-leading sixth homer, a two-run drive in the fifth off Jakob Junis (2-1).

''I get two out and then walk the leadoff hitter (Zack Cozart) on four pitches after I had struck him out twice,'' Junis said. ''You can't do that and then you have Trout up next.''

Upton homered to lead off the fourth. Valbuena snapped Junis' 16-inning scoreless streak with a leadoff drive in the third.

''It was pretty bad,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said of the weather. ''The conditions were brutal for both teams. I don't know what the wind chill was, but I guarantee it was in the 20s and that snow. There was one pop where Esky (shortstop Alcides Escobar) said it looked like there were all baseballs up there. It was difficult conditions.''

Angels right-hander Garrett Richards (2-0) did not allow a runner until the fifth, when he walked Lucas Duda to start the inning. Paulo Orlando got Kansas City's first hit with one out and Duda wound up scoring on one of Richards' three wild pitches in the inning.

''Every day we show up we expect to win and right now we're doing this, so we're just going to ride this momentum and go get them tomorrow,'' Richards said.

Keynan Middleton worked the ninth for his fourth save in as many chances.

Drew Butera had an RBI single in the seventh that made it 5-2, but Whit Merrifield flied out with the bases full to end the inning. Mike Moustakas homered to lead off the Kansas City eighth.

VERSATILE WHIT

Merrifield started in center field for the first time in his career. He has also started at second, first, right and DH in the first 13 Royals games.

ROTATION ADDITION

The Angels used nine starters in their first 15 games. ''We'll be at a six-man rotation next week sometime,'' Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. RHP Parker Bridwell, who made 20 starts last season and went 10-3, is the probable contender to join the rotation.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: C Salvador Perez (left knee strain) joined Double-A Northwest Arkansas for a rehab assignment. ... OF Bubba Starling, who has a left oblique strain, will return to the field Monday in extended spring. ... INF Adalberto Mondesi (right shoulder impingement) returned to the field at extended spring training. Assistant GM J.J. Picollo said they want to get Starling and Mondesi about 40 at-bats before sending them out on a rehab assignment. ... Orlando has a tender knee and was the DH.

UP NEXT

Angels: Ohtani, who didn't bat Saturday night, will make his third big league start, all on Sundays. He is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA, beating Oakland twice. The weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 30s with a 20 mph wind. ''I grew up, I was born in a cold place,'' Ohtani said through a translator. ''Playing a game like that, I don't know if I've ever experienced that cold.''

Royals: LHP Eric Skoglund is looking for his first win since his big league debut on May 30, 2017.

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LAA13-3
001121000590
KC3-10
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  • W: G. Richards (2-0)L: J. Junis (2-1)S: K. Middleton (4)
  • HR: LAA - J. Upton (4), L. Valbuena (3), M. Trout (6), KC - M. Moustakas (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Z. Cozart 2B31010122.273.319.470.7892.0
M. Trout CF51121024.266.377.594.9706.0
J. Upton LF51211011.297.360.531.8916.5
A. Pujols DH40100010.282.301.465.7661.5
K. Calhoun RF40100022.231.254.308.5610.0
A. Simmons SS40000011.318.357.409.766-0.5
L. Valbuena 3B42211011.291.328.473.8007.5
J. Marte 1B40000001.379.419.552.9710.0
R. Rivera C30200110.389.476.6671.1432.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay LF40000121.239.352.304.6560.0
    W. Merrifield CF40100013.255.309.294.6030.5
    M. Moustakas 3B41111012.327.352.596.9485.5
    L. Duda 1B31100112.282.349.436.7852.5
    J. Soler RF41100012.216.318.270.5881.5
    P. Orlando DH30100121.250.273.313.5851.0
    R. Goins 2B30000133.267.313.333.646-0.5
    A. Escobar SS40000004.156.240.267.5070.0
    D. Butera C30110100.185.258.259.5173.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Pujols (4)
      • HR - M. Trout (6), J. Upton (4), L. Valbuena (3)
      • SF - Z. Cozart
      • RBI - Z. Cozart (7), M. Trout 2 (13), J. Upton (11), L. Valbuena (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (4)
      BATTING
      • HR - M. Moustakas (3)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas (9), D. Butera (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera (3)
      FIELDING
      • E - J. Soler
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      G. Richards (W, 2-0)5.01113503.601.4019.5
      J. Alvarez1.01000300.000.753.5
      J. Johnson0.22111103.861.07-3.5
      B. Parker (H, 1)0.12111016.431.86-4.0
      B. Wood (H, 3)1.00000200.000.784.0
      K. Middleton (S, 4)1.00000000.931.0310.0
      PITCHERSIP
      G. Richards (W, 2-0)5.0
      J. Alvarez1.0
      J. Johnson0.2
      B. Parker (H, 1)0.1
      B. Wood (H, 3)1.0
      K. Middleton (S, 4)1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 2-1)4.27441731.930.80-1.5
      B. Flynn2.11101103.861.144.5
      B. Smith2.01000302.701.506.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 2-1)4.2
      B. Flynn2.1
      B. Smith2.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - G. Richards 3 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 73-41, J. Alvarez 21-13, J. Johnson 27-16, B. Parker 15-9, B. Wood 13-9, K. Middleton 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 5-4, J. Johnson 1-0, B. Wood 1-0, K. Middleton 1-2
      • Batters Faced - G. Richards 18, J. Alvarez 4, J. Johnson 5, B. Parker 4, B. Wood 3, K. Middleton 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-63, B. Flynn 37-18, B. Smith 31-23
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 2-5, B. Flynn 2-5, B. Smith 1-2
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 22, B. Flynn 10, B. Smith 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      LAA13-3
      001121000590
      KC3-10
      000010110361
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      Z. Cozart 2B31010122.273.319.470.7892.0
      M. Trout CF51121024.266.377.594.9706.0
      J. Upton LF51211011.297.360.531.8916.5
      A. Pujols DH40100010.282.301.465.7661.5
      K. Calhoun RF40100022.231.254.308.5610.0
      A. Simmons SS40000011.318.357.409.766-0.5
      L. Valbuena 3B42211011.291.328.473.8007.5
      J. Marte 1B40000001.379.419.552.9710.0
      R. Rivera C30200110.389.476.6671.1432.5
      Total36595321112-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay LF40000121.239.352.304.6560.0
        W. Merrifield CF40100013.255.309.294.6030.5
        M. Moustakas 3B41111012.327.352.596.9485.5
        L. Duda 1B31100112.282.349.436.7852.5
        J. Soler RF41100012.216.318.270.5881.5
        P. Orlando DH30100121.250.273.313.5851.0
        R. Goins 2B30000133.267.313.333.646-0.5
        A. Escobar SS40000004.156.240.267.5070.0
        D. Butera C30110100.185.258.259.5173.0
        Total32362151118-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Pujols (4)
          • HR - M. Trout (6), J. Upton (4), L. Valbuena (3)
          • SF - Z. Cozart
          • RBI - Z. Cozart (7), M. Trout 2 (13), J. Upton (11), L. Valbuena (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Trout 2 (4)
          BATTING
          • HR - M. Moustakas (3)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas (9), D. Butera (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera (3)
          FIELDING
          • E - J. Soler
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          G. Richards (W, 2-0)5.01113503.601.4019.5
          J. Alvarez1.01000300.000.753.5
          J. Johnson0.22111103.861.07-3.5
          B. Parker (H, 1)0.12111016.431.86-4.0
          B. Wood (H, 3)1.00000200.000.784.0
          K. Middleton (S, 4)1.00000000.931.0310.0
          Total9.06335111---
          PITCHERSIP
          G. Richards (W, 2-0)5.0
          J. Alvarez1.0
          J. Johnson0.2
          B. Parker (H, 1)0.1
          B. Wood (H, 3)1.0
          K. Middleton (S, 4)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 2-1)4.27441731.930.80-1.5
          B. Flynn2.11101103.861.144.5
          B. Smith2.01000302.701.506.5
          Total9.09542113---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 2-1)4.2
          B. Flynn2.1
          B. Smith2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - G. Richards 3 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - G. Richards 73-41, J. Alvarez 21-13, J. Johnson 27-16, B. Parker 15-9, B. Wood 13-9, K. Middleton 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Richards 5-4, J. Johnson 1-0, B. Wood 1-0, K. Middleton 1-2
          • Batters Faced - G. Richards 18, J. Alvarez 4, J. Johnson 5, B. Parker 4, B. Wood 3, K. Middleton 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 98-63, B. Flynn 37-18, B. Smith 31-23
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 2-5, B. Flynn 2-5, B. Smith 1-2
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 22, B. Flynn 10, B. Smith 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Moustakas homered to right53
          • 7TH INNING
            Butera singled to left center, Soler scored, Escobar to third52
          • 6TH INNING
            Cozart hit sacrifice fly to left, Valbuena scored51
          • 5TH INNING
            Duda scored, Orlando to third on wild pitch41
            Trout homered to left, Cozart scored40
          • 4TH INNING
            Upton homered to left20
          • 3RD INNING
            Valbuena homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • R. Rivera: Rivera singled to right center
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Strike looking, Cozart popped out to second
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Keynan Middleton relieved Blake Wood
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar grounded out to first
            • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Butera flied out to right
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to left
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Burch Smith relieved Brian Flynn
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Simmons struck out looking
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Valbuena popped out to shortstop
            • J. Marte: Marte grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Parker Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas homered to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Duda singled to shallow right
            • Blake Wood relieved Blake Parker
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Duda out at second
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Upton lined out to right
            • A. Pujols: Pujols grounded out to third
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Calhoun struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Jim Johnson relieved Jose Alvarez
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler singled to left
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Orlando walked, Soler to second
            • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Soler to third, Orlando out at second
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Butera singled to left center, Soler scored, Escobar to third
            • Blake Parker relieved Jim Johnson
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Jay walked, Butera to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield flied out to deep left
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • A. Simmons: Simmons grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena singled to center
            • J. Marte: Ball, Ball, Marte safe at first on right fielder Soler fielding error, Valbuena to second
            • R. Rivera: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rivera walked, Valbuena to third, Marte to second
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Cozart hit sacrifice fly to left, Valbuena scored
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Garrett Richards
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield reached on an infield single to shortstop, Butera to second
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • L. Duda: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Duda struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Marte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Marte fouled out to first
            • R. Rivera: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rivera struck out looking
            • Z. Cozart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart walked
            • M. Trout: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Trout homered to left, Cozart scored
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Upton reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Pujols: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols doubled to left center, Upton to third
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Ball, Calhoun flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Duda walked
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duda to second on wild pitch, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Ball, Orlando singled to right, Duda to third
            • R. Goins: Ball, Orlando to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Duda scored, Orlando to third on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Goins walked
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded into double play third to second to first, Goins out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Ball, Upton homered to left
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pujols struck out swinging
            • K. Calhoun: Ball, Calhoun singled to right
            • A. Simmons: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Simmons popped out to second
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Valbuena struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Jay lined out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield grounded out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas popped out to first
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • L. Valbuena: Foul, Ball, Ball, Valbuena homered to right
            • J. Marte: Strike looking, Marte flied out to deep center
            • R. Rivera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rivera singled to center
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart struck out looking
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Trout grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Rivera out at second
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Goins struck out on foul tip
            • A. Escobar: Escobar lined out to left
            • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Ball, Butera lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • A. Pujols: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Pujols grounded out to third
            • K. Calhoun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Calhoun struck out looking
            • A. Simmons: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Simmons flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Duda grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Upton flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • G. Richards Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)