A’s Blank Royals, 1-0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — With less than 10,000 fans in attendance, the Oakland Athletics (2-3, 2-3 home) found a way to hold on for a 1-0 win over the Kansas City Royals (2-2, 2-2 away) on Monday night in Oakland, Calif.
Monday’s loss marks the second time the Royals have been shutout this season.
A’s lefty Tommy Milone (1-0) pitched eight shutout innings and gave up only three hits. Milone walked three, but didn’t record any strikeouts.
Royals starter Luis Mendoza (0-1) got the loss after he went just over five innings. Mendoza gave up one run on five hits, walked four, and struck out two.
An RBI single by A’s third baseman Josh Donaldson in the second inning was all the A’s needed to come out on top.
In the fourth inning, Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer and Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur were both caught stealing.
Royals relievers Tim Collins and Jose Mijares both had effective outings, giving up two hits, walking one, and striking out two.
In the ninth inning, A’s closer Grant Balfour slammed the door shut with his second save.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon is 0-14 at the plate this season. Gordon sat out Monday night, but he pinch-hit in the ninth only to record his seventh strikeout of 2012.
Royals lefty Danny Duffy makes his first start of 2012 Tuesday night against A’s starter Graham Godfrey for game two of this series in Oakland, Calif.