The Oakland Athletics are trying to get their offense started again after getting swept by the Yankees and Twins. They weren't able to turn things around on Friday, as they kicked off a three-game series with the Kansas City Royals and took the 2-0 loss.
It was the first inning that did the damage. Oakland starter Bartolo Colon led off the game by issuing a walk to Alex Gordon, who then scored on a Yuniesky Betancourt double. Betancourt scored on an RBI single by Mike Moustakas and just like that, the game was in the bag for the Royals.
The A's managed just three hits and four walks in the game. Two of those hits came from Jemile Weeks, whose game-opening double was the only Oakland extra-base hit.
Colon had a quality start, but ended up taking his sixth loss of the year. He gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks in seven innings of work.
With the loss, the A's have now dropped nine straight games. Four of those nine losses have been shutouts.