Shohei Ohtani hit his major league-leading 24th home run Sunday, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a series-clinching 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

Ohtani's two-run blast to right-center at Kauffman Stadium gave the Angels a 3-2 lead, followed by Mike Trout with his 15th homer on the next pitch in the fifth inning, both off veteran right-hander Zack Greinke (1-7).

The two-way star and 2021 American League MVP connected on a 3-2 curveball for his sixth home run in seven games.

Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels hits his 24th home run of the season with one runner on in the fifth inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on June 18, 2023, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Kyodo)

The Angels ended a seven-game road trip with a 5-2 record and moved up to second place in the AL West standings behind the Texas Rangers.

"(The home run came) in a good situation, which I'm happy about," Ohtani said. "It was one out and a runner on second, so I was hoping that I could get on base. I ended with a homer, and it was great to have good contact."

Ohtani also extended his hitting streak to 15 games in a 1-for-4 afternoon.

Shohei Ohtani (R) of the Los Angeles Angels places a samurai warrior helmet on Mike Trout's head in celebration of his teammate's home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on June 18, 2023. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Trout, a three-time MVP, emphasized that the Angels' recent run has been a team effort, saying, "It isn't just one guy. Obviously, what Shohei has been doing the past two weeks is unbelievable, but we have guys stepping up. It's fun to be a part of."

On the pitching front, Tyler Anderson (4-1) allowed two runs over five innings before Jaime Barria worked three scoreless innings.

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