The Oakland A’s fell to the Kansas City Royals by the final score of 4-2 at the O.Co this afternoon.
Kansas City pitcher James Shield took a perfect game into the sixth inning before it was broken up by Josh Reddick on a solo homer. Shields finished the game with an impressive two runs on four hits including no walks in eight innings of work. Closer Greg Holland finished things of in the ninth and picked up his 31st save of the season. Shields improved his record to 10-6.
In fact, the only offense the Oakland A’s would muster were two solo homer runs by Josh Reddick, one in the sixth and one in the eight innings. His two hits also accounted for half of the A’s total of four. The other two were singles by Jed Lowrie and Alberto Callaspo.
The Royals scored all four of their runs in the fifth inning against starter Scott Kazmir who fell to 12-4 on the season. In all he allowed four runs on 10 hits along with one walk and two strikeouts through six innings.
That fifth inning, which stared off with a double by Christian Colon, was a lengthy inning that saw RBI singles from Nori Aoki and Savador Perez along with a two-RBI double by Omar Infante in between. Kazmir was finally able to work out of the inning by inducing a 4-6-3 double play or else it could have been worse.
After losing the rubber-match to the Royals, Oakland now sets its eyes on the Tampa Bay Rays who come to town for a three-game series. Jeff Samardzija (2-1, 3.19 ERA) is set to square off against Alex Cobb (7-6, 3.54 ERA).