The Oakland Athletics had a much-needed off day on Monday after dropping a series in Chicago. Things didn't start much better for them on Tuesday in Kaufman Stadium, however, as the A's dropped the opener by a final score of 5-0.
The Royals scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning off of Oakland starter Jarrod Parker. Eric Hosmer hit an RBI single, Chris Getz hit a sacrifice fly, Alex Gordon hit an RBI single, Lorenzo Cain scored on a Jemile Weeks fielding error and Billy Butler hit another sacrifice fly.
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie held the A's to just three hits and two walks in eight innings, also striking out eight. The A's batters once again proved to be free-swinging, striking out 12 times in the game.