Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and Mickey Moniak homered as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2 on Sunday.
Ohtani now has 31 home runs in 86 games this season. Last year, Aaron Judge hit his 31st homer in his 89th game of the season. Judge finished the campaign with 62 homers, an American record.
Trout got the ball rolling in the first inning with his 18th homer of the season. The Diamondbacks, however, responded in the next round. Carson Kelly gave his team the lead in one go with a two-point slap at the expense of Reid Detmers.
The Angels took control of the game for good on their next turn at bat when Mickey Moniak hit a three-run homer to make it 4-2 in favor of the Angels. Ohtani then added a solo slap in the eighth to give his own some extra cushion.
In the loss, Zac Gallen was solid on the mound. Gallen struck out 12 in seven innings, allowing four runs on the Angels’ first homers. Detmers posted their second win of the season going nine batters in the mitt in six innings on the mound.
Elsewhere in the Majors
Twins 1 – Orioles 2
MIN : Sonny Gray struck out seven batters in six innings of work.
BALL : Rookie Jordan Westburg drove in the game-winning run when he was hit by a shot at 101 mph with the bases loaded in the eighth inning.
Padres 3 – Reds 4
SD : Ha-Seong Kim and Fernando Tatis Jr slammed long solo balls.
NIC : Tyler Stephenson made the difference with a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Marlins 3 – Braves 6
MIA : Sandy Alcantara (3-7) suffered his seventh loss of the season allowing four runs in five innings.
ATL : Ozzie Albies and Travis d’Arnaud both hit two-run homers. Atlanta signs an eighth consecutive victory.
Brewers 6 – Pirates 3
MIL : William Contreras hit a three-run homer in the win.
PIT : On his return to the game after an absence of ten games, Bryan Reynolds was shut out in four at bats.
Nationals 5 – Phillies 4
WAS : Stone Garrett hit a grand slam in this duel.
PHI : Nick Castellanos continued his superb batting streak by slamming his 12th home run of the campaign.
Dodgers 1 – Royals 9
THE D : David Peralta hit three of his six hits.
K.C. : Nicky Lopez tied a career high by driving in four runs.
Yankees 1 – Cardinals 5
NYY : The Yankees were limited to just three hits.
STL : Brendan Donovan had a good game with three hits, including a home run. He’s hit the trails in his last 18 games.
Astros 5 – Rangers 3
HOO : Chas McCormick drove three teammates home with a triple in the eighth inning.
TEX : In his debut with the Rangers, Aroldis Chapman struck out two batters in one inning. He allowed a hit.
Tigers 14 – Rockies 9
TED : Javier Baez and Jake Marisnick both hit grand slams in this attacking festival.
COLLAR : Ryan McMahon and Randal Grichuk hit long balls.
Rays 6 – Mariners 7
TB : Isaac Parades homered in the second inning. He left the match, however, after a hard-hitting collision with Ty France.
SEA : Eugenio Suarez and Tom Murphy have homered.
White Sox 8- Athletics 7
CHW : Jake Burger continued to demonstrate his batting power by hitting his 18th homer of the season.
OAK : Just named to the All-Star Game for the first time in his career, Brent Rooker hit a two-run homer.
Guardians 8 – Cubs (10 innings)
KEY : Emmanuel Clase made his worst outing of the season. He squandered a four-run lead by allowing four earned runs on four hits and a walk in the ninth.
HCC : Christopher Morel drove in three runs and hit three hits, including a home run.
Giants 4 – Mets 8
SF: Brought in relief to Ross Stripling, Alex Wood was manhandled for four earned runs in an inning and two thirds.
NYM: Pete Alonso hit his 25th homer of the season and drove in three runs.