With wins in consecutive games for the first time this year, the Athletics also captured their first series victory
Bleday doubled and scored in the second, then lifted a one-out solo shot to right in the third, his second of the year, for a 3-1 Oakland advantage.
The A’s padded their lead to 5-1 in the fourth on Ryan Noda’s RBI triple followed by Brent Rooker’s double.
Despite walking six, Ken Waldichuk (1-2) earned the win, allowing four runs on six hits, fanning six while throwing a career-high 114 pitches over five frames.
Brady Singer (2-4) never retired more than two consecutive batters of the 23 he faced while going four innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and three walks.
Singer has lost 4 of 5 and has allowed at least five runs in five of his last six starts, posting a 10.05 ERA.
The game was delayed twice at the start, first by a retirement ceremony for former Royals star Lorenzo Cain, and later during Esteury Ruiz’s leadoff at-bat when he initially appeared to be hit by Singer’s 3-2 pitch. Following lengthy discussion among umpires and managers, it was ruled a foul ball and Ruiz struck out looking on the next pitch
Ruiz struck back in the second with a two-run, ground-ball single that barely snuck through the right side, then promptly stole second, his major league-leading 16th. Ruiz is hitting .441 (15-for-34) with runners in scoring position.
Maikel Garcia’s two-out RBI double got Kansas City on the board early as they forced Waldichuk to hurl 30 first-inning pitches.
Freddy Fermin led off the bottom of the fourth with a solo shot, his second, and Bobby Witt, Jr., followed with a two-run homer, his sixth, cutting Oakland’s lead to 5-4.
Kansas City fell into a tie with Oakland for baseball’s worst record.
–Field Level Media