A’s pitchers 3-hit Royals; Brown, Murphy homer in 4-0 victory

OAKLAND (AP) – Jared Koenig struck in the sixth inning for his first career win and combined with three relievers on a three-hitter, helping the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 4-0 on Sunday to finish an eight-pointer. match home court losing streak.

Seth Brown had three hits, including his first home run at the Oakland Coliseum in nearly a year. Sean Murphy also joined in to help the A’s avoid a three-game sweep.

Oakland, who won for the third time in 18 games overall, still holds the worst record in baseball with 23-45.

The Royals stranded six runners in scoring position and were shut out for the ninth time this season.

Koenig (1-2) gave up two hits over 5 2/3 innings. A’s left-hander went four times and had to pitch around in traffic most of the afternoon to avoid becoming the fourth pitcher in Oakland history to lose his first three starts.

Kansas City filled the bases against Koenig with two outs in the sixth before Domingo Acevedo knocked out Michael A. Taylor to finish the inning.

Acevedo discarded four batteries. Zach Jackson and Zam Moll put three down each to shut it out.

Brown smashed a 1-2 shooter from Brady Singer onto the stairs beyond the left field fence. It was Brown’s team-leading ninth home run and the first in Oakland since August 8, 2021.

Murphy’s three-runs drive from Jose Cuas in the sixth came after Brown hit a single and Ramón Laureano was hit by a pitch from the Singer.

Singer (3-2) allowed six hits and three runs with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The Royals have not swept a series since winning three games in a row against the Cubs at Wrigley Field from 20-22. August 2021

REPLAY TURNS

The A’s got a run away by replay in the third, after Tony Kemp scored from first base on Brown’s single, which Taylor bubbled in midfield. Kemp slipped into the home plate and looked to beat relay throw from second baseman Whit Merrifield narrowly. Royal manager Mike Matheny challenged and the call was diverted.

COACH’S ROOM

Royals: RHP Zack Greinke (right bowling strain) threw 70 pitches over seven innings during his second rehabilitation start with Triple-A Omaha. Greinke had four strikeouts and allowed three runs and six hits. … LHP Jake Brentz, out since April 29 due to a sprain in his left elbow, began a rehab assignment with Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

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Athletics: Manager Mark Kotsay has not announced a starter for Tuesday’s match against the Mariners at the Colosseum.

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