(AP) — Shohei Ohtani hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs, but Whit Merrifield led off the 11th inning with an RBI double in the Kansas City Royals’ 12-11 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Ohtani crushed a 423-foot homer in the sixth and a tying, 438-foot shot in the ninth, giving him the biggest RBI game of his five-year stateside career. The AL MVP then set a record for the most RBIs by a Japanese-born player in major league history with a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.
Carlos Santana had four hits and drove in a season-high five runs for the Royals, while rookie Bobby Witt Jr. had his first multi-homer game while driving in a career-high four runs.
The Royals continue the series tonight at 8:49 central. Coverage starts at 8:10 on KFEQ Radio (680, 95.3) in St. Joseph.