American League Game Summary - Oakland at Kansas City|
(Tuesday, August 14th)
Final Score: Kansas City 5, Oakland 0
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie hurled seven scoreless
innings and the Kansas City Royals used a five-run fifth to dispatch the
Oakland Athletics, 5-0, in the opener of a three-game set.
Guthrie (2-3) scattered three hits and walked two while striking out eight to
earn his second consecutive win. He's thrown 15 scoreless innings over his
last two starts.
"(In) both I want to go out there and pound the (strike) zone and get ahead of
guys," Guthrie said. "Finish them off and not make mistakes. That's been the
key in the last two starts."
Billy Butler, Chris Getz, Eric Hosmer, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar drove
in a run each for the Royals, who have won five of their last seven.
Jarrod Parker (7-7) was charged with five hits and five runs -- all but one
earned -- over 4 2/3 innings for the Athletics, who have lost six of nine.
Parker held the fort for the first four innings, but the floodgates opened in
Salvador Perez worked a leadoff walk, Jeff Francoeur followed with a double to
put two in scoring position and Hosmer singled home Perez. Lorenzo Cain walked
to load the bases, then a Getz sacrifice fly to right plated Francoeur, Gordon
singled home Hosmer and Escobar's grounder to second -- which was booted by
Jemile Weeks -- brought in Cain and left Gordon at third before Butler's fly
to center capped the rally.
"I just got behind on a couple guys and they hurt me then," Parker said. "It's
something I can't really do. It's inexcusable to put guys on after attacking.
I started pitching backwards and it's not my style."
Jordan Norberto got the call and fanned Mike Moustakas to end the frame.
Guthrie, on the other hand, worked out of trouble in the third. Josh Donaldson
singled and was thrown out at third trying to stretch out a Coco Crisp one-out
Donaldson walked with two down in the fifth, but the veteran right-hander
retired Cliff Pennington on a fly out to left. KC's starter ended his outing
by sending down the final five batters he faced
Tim Collins and Greg Holland combined to hold Oakland without a base runner
over the final two innings.
The Royals' streak of eight straight games with a home run was ended on
Tuesday ... It was the second time in 2012 Kansas City performed the feat
after a run from May 21-29 ... Guthrie has tossed 15 scoreless innings over
his last two outings, and recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since
taking three straight from September 9-19, 2011 with Baltimore ... Prior to
the game, the A's announced they placed third baseman Brandon Inge on the 15-
day disabled list and recalled infielder Josh Donaldson from Triple-A
Sacramento ... Oakland batters struck out 12 times.
08/15 01:28:53 ET