On an evening in which a sellout crowd at the O.co (Oakland) Coliseum was treated to post-game fireworks, the Oakland A’s treated their fans to even more reason to celebrate by defeating the Kansas City Royals 2-1 for the second consecutive night.
Tommy Milone (4-5) earned the victory by out dueling Ervin Santana of the Royals.
Early on it appeared that Milone may be in for a short outing as his pitch count continued to rise. Instead, the A’s young lefty lasted six innings, allowing five hits and three walks, while surrendering just the one run and striking out four.
“That was Houdini,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “Fifty pitches with three outs, 70 pitches with six or seven outs and he goes six innings. To do that, you have to be a pretty clear thinker out there. I’ve been impressed with a lot of his starts, and none more than that one.”
Milone escaped jams in the second and fourth innings to keep the A’s in the game, and then never let another runner get past first base beyond the...