Ohtani shines as Angels lose to Royals in extra innings

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Shohei Ohtani struck two home runs and hit eight RBI's for the Angels in a stellar individual performance but his side suffered a 12-11 defeat to the Royals in extra innings.

The Angels rallied from deficits of 5-0, 6-1 and 10-7 to send the game to the 11th inning, with Ohtani's career-high of eight runs in a performance that also saw him set a single-game record for a Japanese-born player in the MLB.

A 423-foot homer in the sixth was followed by a game-tying, 438-foot homer in the ninth, with his record-setting RBI coming in the 11th with a sacrifice that pulled the score back to 12-11.

However, it wouldn't be enough after Whit Merrifield and Kyle Isbel drove in runs off Jose Quijada earlier in the final innings.

For Ohtani, it was a 10th multi-HR game in MLB and his fourth of the season, and earned him praise from his opponents after the game.

Royals catcher Salvador Perez said: "Ohtani is unbelievable. He’s the best there is right now. It’s impressive what he’s doing. Thank god I have the opportunity to watch him."

Other records came close to tumbling for Ohtani, who's eight RBIs were the most by an Angels player since Garret Anderson had a franchise-record 10 RBIs against the Yankees in August 2007.

He will be starting pitcher for the final game of the series against the Royals, with the Angels looking to avoid a whitewash after back-to-back defeats.

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