Shohei Ohtani strikes out career-high 13 batters in Angels’ win

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Shohei Ohtani adheres to strict routine in nearly every aspect of his life. When his latest mound 

start was delayed 12 minutes by a pregame ceremony honoring the Angels’

Ohtani struck out a career-high 13 over eight dominant innings of two-hit ball,

After giving up two singles to start that delayed first inning,

I think the biggest thing was putting up that zero in the first inning 

after giving up those first two hits,” Ohtani said through his translator.

With the backdrop of a rare Southern California lightning storm illuminating the sky far beyond center field at the Big A,

One night after Ohtani hit two three-run homers and drove in a career-high eight runs in an extra-inning loss,

He just put us on his back,” Angels interim manager Phil Nevin said.

David MacKinnon got his first major league hit with an RBI single in the seventh for the Angels,

After scoring 18 runs in the previous two games at Angel Stadium,

That was a display,” Royals manager Mike Matheny said.

Whit Merrifield and Andrew Benintendi singled in the Royals’ 

Daniel Lynch (3-7) wasn’t as effective for the Royals early on,

Mike Trout got a rest day for the Angels, 

leaving their struggling lineup decidedly lacking punch.

MacKinnon was pleased by his breakthrough swings, 

but the left-hander resourcefully shut down the Angels until they loaded 

first two at-bats against Ohtani, but he subsequently set down