KANSAS Town, Mo. — The A’s were being handed their fourth straight reduction Friday night, many thanks to Edward Olivares’ two solo homers and Zack Greinke’s 6 innings of one-operate ball in a 3-1 Royals victory.
The defeat marked the 10th straight time the A’s have shed the opening video game of a sequence.
A’s starter Cole Irvin (2-5) gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, with 4 strikeouts and a period-large three walks.
“It was another fantastic outing for Irvin,” A’s manager Mark Kotsay stated. “It was just one hitter who was the result of two residence runs. He pitched very well and efficient.”
Sad to say for the A’s, their ongoing offensive difficulties manufactured Irvin’s outing moot. Friday marked the seventh time in the previous 10 games that Oakland has scored just one or less runs.
Meanwhile, the Royals bought some considerably-needed reinforcements from Olivares and Greinke (1-4), each of whom were being activated from the wounded list from rehab assignments on Friday. After lacking 43 online games with a suitable quad strain, Olivares belted homers to remaining subject in his 1st two at-bats — in the 3rd and fifth innings — for his first occupation multi-homer video game.
“I was super energized,” Olivares reported. “I experienced been waiting around for this day for a extensive time. I’m here and happy to contribute.”
Greinke permitted one run on 3 hits with 4 strikeouts in his initial begin since Could 29, his longest outing given that May perhaps 5 in opposition to St. Louis and the first win in his next stint with Kansas Metropolis.
“Zack has been so excellent on his rehabs, you can explain to that he is pitching improved and arrives out there and just lbs . the zone with all the things,” Royals supervisor Mike Matheny explained. “He was actually successful operating in advance in the count and just producing him believe in the protection. There was a whole lot of initially-pitch swinging going on. He had a definitely good tempo and came appropriate at them. I was satisfied for Zack to lead the way for us and get the acquire.”
Greinke sat down the initially 9 batters in advance of Tony Kemp strike a leadoff single in the fourth. Seth Brown hit a two-out RBI one that scored Kemp.
“That is Zack at his greatest,” Kotsay reported. “He is a grasp at his craft and is aware of how to set pitches up, use the strike zone well, retain the ball down and that is what he does and he did it well tonight.”
Royals relievers Dylan Coleman and Jose Cuas each individual held the A’s scoreless in an inning. Scott Barlow attained his ninth help save of the season.
Carlos Santana added some insurance with an RBI one in the sixth.
Both Brown and Sean Murphy experienced two-strike games for the A’s, who dropped two of their 3 game titles in opposition to Kansas City last weekend in Oakland.
Royals: Kansas Metropolis introduced that C Salvador Perez had surgical procedures to repair service the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and was placed on the 10-day injured record. Olivares was activated in the corresponding move. The Royals also moved LHP Daniel Lynch (remaining index finger blister) on the 15-day hurt record and activated Greinke.
Jared Koenig (1-2, 6.59 Period) will pitch for Oakland in a Saturday matinee. Brad Keller (2-8, 4.30 Era) will counter for Kansas Metropolis.