Athletics 2, Royals 1
Tommy Milone threw more than 50 pitches before recording the
first out of the second inning, and Oakland manager Bob Melvin
wasn’t sure how much longer his starter would last.
Milone not only stuck it out, he ended the longest losing streak
of his career despite the Athletics still having trouble scoring
when he’s on the mound.
The left-hander overcame his rough start to outduel Ervin
Santana and win for the first time in more than a month, and the
A’s scored twice in the sixth inning to beat the Kansas City Royals
2-1 on Saturday night.
”That was Houdini,” Melvin said after Oakland’s second
straight one-run win. ”He was at 50 pitches with three outs, 70
pitches with six or seven outs and he still goes six innings. I’ve
been impressed with a lot of his starts but none more than
Milone (4-5) wasn’t crisp and pitched with runners on base in
all but one of his six innings but kept the damage to a
The Royals loaded the bases with no outs in the second but
Milone got out of it without allowing a run. Elliott Johnson fouled
out to first baseman Brandon Moss near the Kansas City dugout
before Milone struck out Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar.
Milone worked out of trouble again in the third when he gave up
a leadoff double to Salvador Perez before retiring the next three
”I always feel like I’m going to make it out of every inning,”
Milone said. ”I definitely didn’t make it easy on myself. Being
able to come back and get out of those situations, it feels good at
the end of the day.”
Milone walked three and had four strikeouts but overcame his
uneven performance to win for the first time since April 15. Ryan
Cook and Sean Doolittle each pitched a scoreless inning of relief,
and Grant Balfour worked the ninth for his eighth save.
That was enough to offset a solid start by Santana.
Santana (3-3) pitched much more effectively than Milone but was
denied in his third attempt at earning his 100th career victory. He
allowed only three baserunners through the first five innings and
gave up just four hits total but got little support.
”He really threw the ball good (but) right now there is no room
for error for any of (our pitchers) out there,” Kansas City
manager Ned Yost said. ”We had great opportunities. We just didn’t
The A’s have scored just eight runs over Milone’s last six
starts and were getting shut out before scoring twice in the
Moss hit a tiebreaking triple in the sixth off Santana, one of
just five hits Oakland managed. Moss was mired in a 4-for-30 slump
before tripling over the head of center fielder Cain to drive in
Coco Crisp, who had walked.
Eric Sogard started the inning with a leadoff double and scored
on Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly.
The A’s were also held to two runs for the third consecutive
game but made it hold up in front of a rare sellout crowd at the
Oakland Coliseum. The A’s also beat Kansas City 2-1 on Friday.
Billy Butler singled twice and drove in the only run for Kansas
City, which has lost nine of 12.
Oakland didn’t get much else but didn’t need it.
The Royals failed to score after loading the bases against
Milone with no outs in the second. They also stranded a runner at
third with one out in the fourth.
”That’s Tommy for you,” said Sogard, who went 2 for 3. ”He
battled and kept us in the game. The kid’s a fighter.”
Kansas City had the tying run on base in the ninth after Eric
Hosmer drew a leadoff walk but Balfour retired the next three
batters on flyouts.
Alex Gordon doubled with two outs in the first and scored on
Butler’s bloop single to give Kansas City a 1-0 lead.
Notes: Oakland OF Chris Young went 0 for 2 with a walk in his
first game back from the disabled list. Young was activated before
the game. … A’s 3B Josh Donaldson doubled in the second to extend
his hitting streak to a career-best seven games. … To clear room
for Young, Oakland 1B Daric Barton was designated for assignment.
Barton hit .143 with one home run and three RBIs in eight games
with the A’s. It’s the second time this season Barton has been
designated for assignment. … RHP A.J. Griffin (4-3) starts the
series finale for Oakland in his first career appearance against
the Royals. … RHP Luis Mendoza (1-2), who pitches for Kansas City
on Sunday, has a 3.48 ERA in five appearances against the A’s.