The Oakland A’s didn’t need much offense to beat the Kansas Royals on Saturday night, as they mustered just two runs on five hits, but those two runs were enough to back Tommy Milone’s solid outing. Despite Ervin Santana’s valiant effort, the A’s prevailed 2-1.
Oakland’s two-run sixth inning proved to be the difference. Eric Sogard doubled to lead off the inning, and he advanced to third on Santana’s wild pitch. Coco Crisp followed with a walk, and Jed Lowrie got Oakland on the board with a sacrifice fly. The A’s weren’t done yet, as Brandon Moss tripled to center field, enabling Crisp to easily score.
Milone, meanwhile, cruised through the Royals’ lineup after Billy Butler singled home a run in the first inning. He struck out four, allowed five hits and walked a season-high three batters to snap a five-game losing streak.
Milone surrendered a double to Alex Gordon that preceded Butler’s RBI single. The A’s lefty walked two batters and allowed a single in the second inning, but after struggling with his command in the early going, he dazzled over his final four innings of work.
Oakland’s bullpen secured the win in fashion. Ryan Cook struck out two batters in the seventh inning, Sean Doolittle pitched a perfect eighth and Grant Balfour worked around a lead off walk in the ninth inning to close the door.