The KC Royals scored a run in the first inning, but could not scratch out another run, as they lost in Oakland, 2-1.
Billy Butler drove in their lone run with an RBI single with two outs (after Alex Gordon doubled). That’s two of their five hits coming in the first inning.
They had the bases loaded in the second with nobody out, but A’s starter Tommy Milone wriggled out of the jam by getting a foul pop up and two strikeouts.
Ervin Santana was cruising along until the 6th inning when the A’s got to him for their two runs. One scored on a sac fly, the other on a Brandon Moss two out triple. Santana allowed four hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out five.
Tim Collins pitched a scoreless 8th inning, but he needed 21 pitches to do it.
Salvador Perez and Butler picked up two of the five hits in the loss.
The two teams finish the series on Sunday afternoon with Luis Mendoza matching up against AJ Griffin.