The Oakland Athletics’ bats were almost as hot as the weather in Kansas City, as the A’s belted 15 hits and three home runs in a 10-4 rout of the Royals on Sunday afternoon.
Josh Reddick, Jed Lowrie, and Erik Sogard all went deep for the A’s, who took two out of three on the road against a subpar Royals team.
The A’s blew the game wide open right away in the second inning, sending nine men to the plate and recording hit after hit.
Reddick knocked in the first runs of the game, ripping a double that split the left and center fielders, scoring runners on second and third. Reddick continued his hot streak, now reaching base in 16 consecutive games.
Then, three consecutive hits by Erik Sogard, Coco Crisp, and Jed Lowrie each plated a run, and the A’s put a five spot on the board in the frame.
That would knock Royals starter Luis Mendoza out of the game after just 1.2 innings.
However, the A’s were still able to get to Bruce Chen, the long reliever who came in for Mendoza. Reddick, who had himself quite a game, drilled a two-run homer into the right field seats in the third inning, and the boobirds were in full effect at Kauffman Stadium.
That gave A’s starter A.J. Griffin a big cushion to work with, but nonetheless, the righty had to labor through 102 pitches, allowing two runs on five hits. Both runs were solo homers, one allowed to George Kottaras in the second, and the other to Alex Gordon in the fifth.
Griffin walked one and struck out four in his five innings of work, and Jesse Chavez pitched four innings of scoreless baseball to give Griffin his seventh win of the season.
The A’s will travel to Pittsburgh to play a three-game series with the Pirates, the best team in the National League. It will be a battle between two All-Stars on Monday, as the veteran Bartolo Colon will toe the rubber for the A’s, facing Jeff Locke, the Pirates’ 25-year-old lefty.