Baseball: Ohtani extends hit streak to 13 as Angels blank Royals

Shohei Ohtani extended his hit streak to 13 games Friday as the Los Angeles Angels blanked the Kansas City Royals 3-0.

The two-way star lined a double to left field before scoring on Brandon Drury's single in the top of the first inning at Kauffmann Stadium in Kansas City.

Ohtani also drew a pair of walks in a 1-for-3 day at the plate.

The Halos got seven scoreless innings from starter Patrick Sandoval (4-6) as they racked up their 10th win from the past 12 games.

Jointly leading the big leagues with 22 home runs, Ohtani is also holding opposing batters to an MLB-best .178 average with his pitching.

He helped the streaking Angels win three out of four against the American League West-leading Texas Rangers through Thursday, hitting four homers for the series and winning the finale as starting pitcher.

At Fenway Park, Masataka Yoshida went 4-for-4 with three RBIs, marking his first four-hit game for the Boston Red Sox in their 15-5 demolition of the New York Yankees.

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