Josh Donaldson and the rest of the Oakland A’s offense came alive this evening as they scored 11 runs on 20 hits. They helped Jon Lester to his third win in as many starts, and overall Oakland’s offense has scored 22 runs in his three starts. This is also the second time Lester has beaten the Royals in an A’s uniform.
The offense got off to a quick start this evening with back-to-back hits to start the game. Eventually Brandon Moss would bring home the first run of the game on a double to make it 1-0 Oakland.
In the third inning Josh Donaldson got the A’s on the board once again with soft single to right. Immediately following him Moss tallied his second RBI of the game by bringing Donaldson home.
That would be the first of four RBI’s for Oakland’s third baseman as he would add a sacrifice fly in the fifth followed by back-to-back home runs in the seventh and eighth innings. On the night he went 3 for 4 with three hits to go along with his four RBI’s.
The rest of the offense pulled their weight as well and had their best offensive output in the eighth inning. At that point it was 7-3 A’s, but they decided to add four more runs to the board. Josh Donaldson hit one of his two homers in the inning to go along with a two-run single by Eric Sogard as well as a sacrifice fly by Jonny Gomes.
On the mound Jon Lester was firing on all cylinders once again as he ended his six-inning night with nine strikeouts. He did allow three runs on six hits, but all of those runs came midway through the ballgame. At that point the A’s had already scored six runs.
After Lester departed from the game because of his laborious sixth inning the bullpen once again kept their opponent of the scoreboard. This time it was the red-hot Kansas City Royals who saw their eight-game winning streak snapped.
Tomorrow night these two teams go at it again with lefty Scott Kazmir (13-4, 2.73 ERA) set to take on another southpaw in Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.48). Both pitchers have not been all that impressive as of late, so they will be looking to get back on track.