Upton homers, Ohtani exits early as Angels beat Royals 4-3

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Not even an early exit by Shohei Ohtani could stop the Los Angeles Angels from beating Kansas City again.

Justin Upton homered for the third time in four games and the Angels defeated the Royals 4-3 after Ohtani was removed following the fourth inning because of a blister on his pitching hand Wednesday night.

It was the second time this season Ohtani left a game due to a blister on his right middle finger, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia did not believe this one was as bad as the blister that forced Ohtani out after two innings against Boston on April 17.

The two-way rookie star from Japan warmed up to start the fifth, but catcher Martin Maldonado called for a trainer. Scioscia noticed that Ohtani's slider and splitter were becoming less effective as the game went on and decided to pull him after he gave up one run on four hits and three walks.

''Bottom line is he started to feel it and it was time to get him out,'' Scioscia said.

Still, Ohtani showed his immense talent in spite of the blister. After Alex Gordon knocked in a run to give the Royals a 1-0 lead in the fourth, Ohtani struck out Abraham Almonte to end the inning without further damage after loading the bases with a pair of two-out walks.

''He was throwing his fastball 97, 98 mph, with a good slider and a good split. I'd sure hate to see him when he's at his best,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Ohtani, who struck out four, did not get a decision.

But the Angels were still able to pick up their sixth straight win over the Royals. Ian Kinsler hit a two-run homer in the sixth off Scott Barlow (1-1) that landed in the Kansas City bullpen in left field for a 3-1 lead.

Upton added a solo shot in the seventh on a 3-0 count to make it 4-1, and his 14th of the season proved decisive after Gordon's two-run single in the eighth cut the margin to 4-3.

''In that situation, Scios obviously thought it was a smart move, and I was able to execute,'' Upton said. ''I've been getting some pitches to hit the last few days and I've been able to square them up.''

Cam Bedrosian (3-1) got the win after tossing a scoreless sixth inning. Blake Parker earned his fifth save, striking out Alcides Escobar to end it.

Los Angeles can sweep the season series in Kansas City on July 25 in a game that was rescheduled because of snow in April.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Angels: SS Andrelton Simmons was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a right ankle sprain sustained when he slipped going down the dugout steps prior to Tuesday's game. Zack Cozart replaced Simmons at shortstop, and Kaleb Cowart started at 3B after being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

JAY TRADED

Kansas City traded OF Jon Jay, who signed a one-year contract with the Royals in March, to Arizona for two minor league pitchers.

The Royals acquired Elvis Luciano, an 18-year old right-hander, and Gabe Speier, a 23-year old left-hander.

Yost did not believe the trade had any impact on how his team played and how it might perform as the season goes on, with the likelihood of more moves to come.

''They know what's going on. It's a veteran group,'' Yost said. ''It's not like they're a bunch of chickens in there scared that a hawk is flying around.''

PUJOLS PARKED

Albert Pujols did not play for the second consecutive day to rest his sore left knee, and Scioscia expects him back in the lineup Friday at Minnesota.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Jason Hammel (2-5, 5.17 ERA) will start at Oakland on Thursday. Hammel got the win in each of his last two road starts, allowing one run in 12 1/3 innings.

Angels: RHP Garrett Richards (4-4, 3.25) will try to end a string of consecutive road losses against the Twins. Richards is 0-3 in his last five starts.

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  • W: C. Bedrosian (3-1)L: S. Barlow (1-1)S: B. Parker (5)
  • HR: LAA - I. Kinsler (6), J. Upton (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield CF50200000.289.368.418.7871.0
A. Escobar SS50000021.227.276.314.590-1.0
M. Moustakas 3B22100210.272.330.494.8234.5
S. Perez C31000103.236.289.461.7492.0
J. Soler RF40200013.273.364.483.8472.5
A. Gordon LF40230012.262.319.357.6764.5
H. Dozier 1B30100122.257.325.371.6961.0
R. Goins 2B30000123.247.281.329.6100.0
A. Almonte DH40000043.204.248.320.568-2.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    I. Kinsler 2B52221000.212.277.363.64010.0
    Z. Cozart SS50210010.229.303.385.6883.5
    M. Trout CF30000121.311.444.6621.1060.0
    J. Upton DH41211022.259.333.470.8036.0
    L. Valbuena 1B20100212.240.293.383.6773.5
    M. Maldonado C40100004.247.304.357.6611.0
    C. Young LF30100114.167.268.278.5461.5
    K. Cowart 3B41100015.200.200.400.6002.5
    M. Hermosillo RF40000005.167.286.278.5630.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (17)
      • RBI - A. Gordon 3 (14)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 3 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (11), Z. Cozart (13), L. Valbuena (4), K. Cowart
      • HR - I. Kinsler (6), J. Upton (14)
      • RBI - I. Kinsler 2 (14), Z. Cozart (18), J. Upton (39)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Merrifield (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Ohtani-Kinsler-Valbuena)
      • PB - M. Maldonado (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy5.07113505.761.646.5
      S. Barlow (L, 1-1)3.03331323.951.24-1.5
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy5.0
      S. Barlow (L, 1-1)3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Ohtani4.04113403.101.146.0
      J. Johnson1.01000103.621.302.5
      C. Bedrosian (W, 3-1)1.01000204.441.5910.0
      J. Alvarez (H, 4)1.00000202.331.004.0
      J. Anderson (H, 9)0.22222103.721.55-5.5
      B. Parker (S, 5)1.10000302.731.2511.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Ohtani4.0
      J. Johnson1.0
      C. Bedrosian (W, 3-1)1.0
      J. Alvarez (H, 4)1.0
      J. Anderson (H, 9)0.2
      B. Parker (S, 5)1.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - I. Kennedy (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 99-57, S. Barlow 43-27
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-7, S. Barlow 3-3
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, S. Barlow 13
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Ohtani (4), J. Anderson (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 63-33, J. Johnson 12-8, C. Bedrosian 17-11, J. Alvarez 15-10, J. Anderson 29-13, B. Parker 19-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 3-4, J. Johnson 1-0, C. Bedrosian 1-0, J. Alvarez 1-0
      • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 18, J. Johnson 3, C. Bedrosian 4, J. Alvarez 3, J. Anderson 6, B. Parker 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield CF50200000.289.368.418.7871.0
      A. Escobar SS50000021.227.276.314.590-1.0
      M. Moustakas 3B22100210.272.330.494.8234.5
      S. Perez C31000103.236.289.461.7492.0
      J. Soler RF40200013.273.364.483.8472.5
      A. Gordon LF40230012.262.319.357.6764.5
      H. Dozier 1B30100122.257.325.371.6961.0
      R. Goins 2B30000123.247.281.329.6100.0
      A. Almonte DH40000043.204.248.320.568-2.0
      Total33383051317-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        I. Kinsler 2B52221000.212.277.363.64010.0
        Z. Cozart SS50210010.229.303.385.6883.5
        M. Trout CF30000121.311.444.6621.1060.0
        J. Upton DH41211022.259.333.470.8036.0
        L. Valbuena 1B20100212.240.293.383.6773.5
        M. Maldonado C40100004.247.304.357.6611.0
        C. Young LF30100114.167.268.278.5461.5
        K. Cowart 3B41100015.200.200.400.6002.5
        M. Hermosillo RF40000005.167.286.278.5630.0
        Total34410424823-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (17)
          • RBI - A. Gordon 3 (14)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Gordon 3 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kinsler (11), Z. Cozart (13), L. Valbuena (4), K. Cowart
          • HR - I. Kinsler (6), J. Upton (14)
          • RBI - I. Kinsler 2 (14), Z. Cozart (18), J. Upton (39)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - W. Merrifield (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Ohtani-Kinsler-Valbuena)
          • PB - M. Maldonado (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          I. Kennedy5.07113505.761.646.5
          S. Barlow (L, 1-1)3.03331323.951.24-1.5
          Total8.01044482---
          PITCHERSIP
          I. Kennedy5.0
          S. Barlow (L, 1-1)3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Ohtani4.04113403.101.146.0
          J. Johnson1.01000103.621.302.5
          C. Bedrosian (W, 3-1)1.01000204.441.5910.0
          J. Alvarez (H, 4)1.00000202.331.004.0
          J. Anderson (H, 9)0.22222103.721.55-5.5
          B. Parker (S, 5)1.10000302.731.2511.5
          Total9.08335130---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Ohtani4.0
          J. Johnson1.0
          C. Bedrosian (W, 3-1)1.0
          J. Alvarez (H, 4)1.0
          J. Anderson (H, 9)0.2
          B. Parker (S, 5)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - I. Kennedy (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 99-57, S. Barlow 43-27
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 3-7, S. Barlow 3-3
          • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 25, S. Barlow 13
          PITCHING
          • WP - S. Ohtani (4), J. Anderson (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Ohtani 63-33, J. Johnson 12-8, C. Bedrosian 17-11, J. Alvarez 15-10, J. Anderson 29-13, B. Parker 19-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Ohtani 3-4, J. Johnson 1-0, C. Bedrosian 1-0, J. Alvarez 1-0
          • Batters Faced - S. Ohtani 18, J. Johnson 3, C. Bedrosian 4, J. Alvarez 3, J. Anderson 6, B. Parker 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Gordon singled to right, Moustakas and Perez scored34
          • 7TH INNING
            Upton homered to left14
          • 6TH INNING
            Kinsler homered to left, Cowart scored13
          • 5TH INNING
            Cozart doubled to deep right center, Kinsler scored11
          • 4TH INNING
            Gordon singled to shallow right center, Moustakas scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • B. Parker Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield lined out to right
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Escobar struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Justin Anderson relieved Jose Alvarez
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Escobar flied out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Perez walked, Moustakas to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas to third, Perez to second on wild pitch, Gordon singled to right, Moustakas and Perez scored
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier singled to left, Gordon to third
            • Blake Parker relieved Justin Anderson
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike swinging, Ball, Hermosillo lined out to center
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Kinsler grounded out to shortstop
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cozart struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jose Alvarez relieved Cam Bedrosian
            • R. Goins: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Goins struck out looking
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Barlow Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Upton homered to left
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valbuena walked
            • M. Maldonado: Maldonado flied out to deep center
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Young struck out on foul tip
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Cam Bedrosian relieved Jim Johnson
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Soler reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Gordon struck out on foul tip
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Scott Barlow relieved Ian Kennedy
            • K. Cowart: Ball, Cowart doubled to deep right center
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Hermosillo fouled out to catcher
            • I. Kinsler: Ball, Strike looking, Kinsler homered to left, Cowart scored
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Cozart grounded out to pitcher
            • M. Trout: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Trout struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • Jim Johnson relieved Shohei Ohtani
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield singled to right center
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to second, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler doubled to deep left
            • Z. Cozart: Cozart doubled to deep right center, Kinsler scored
            • M. Trout: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cozart to third on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Trout walked
            • J. Upton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Valbuena walked, Trout to second
            • M. Maldonado: Foul, Maldonado fouled out to catcher
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Young popped out to second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to right
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Soler popped out to shortstop
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Moustakas to second on passed ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon singled to shallow right center, Moustakas scored
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Dozier walked, Gordon to second
            • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Goins walked, Gordon to third, Dozier to second
            • A. Almonte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Foul, Maldonado lined out to left
            • C. Young: Strike looking, Ball, Young singled to left
            • K. Cowart: Foul, Cowart flied out to right
            • M. Hermosillo: Hermosillo grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Young out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Kinsler flied out to center
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cozart singled to shallow center
            • M. Trout: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Trout struck out on foul tip
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Upton singled to left, Cozart to second
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Valbuena struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Soler doubled to deep left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to pitcher
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Upton struck out swinging
            • L. Valbuena: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Valbuena doubled to deep right
            • M. Maldonado: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Maldonado singled to left, Valbuena to third
            • C. Young: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Young walked, Maldonado to second
            • K. Cowart: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cowart struck out swinging
            • M. Hermosillo: Strike looking, Foul, Hermosillo grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • S. Ohtani Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to shallow right
            • A. Escobar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Merrifield to second on wild pitch, Ball, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Perez grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Moustakas out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • I. Kennedy Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Kinsler lined out to right
            • Z. Cozart: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cozart grounded out to third
            • M. Trout: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Trout flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)