Luis Medina back in win column as Athletics stymie Royals

Jun 20, 2024, 7:07 AM | Updated: Jul 3, 2024, 5:28 am

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 30: Luis Medina #46 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Chicago...

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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Luis Medina snapped a personal 11-month losing streak, Brent Rooker drove in a pair of runs and the Oakland Athletics made it two straight over the visiting Kansas City Royals with a 5-1 victory Wednesday night.

Zack Gelof homered and Miguel Andujar collected three hits, scored a run and drove in another for the A’s, who won back-to-back games for the first time since their six-game winning streak that began in late April.

Medina (1-2) limited the Royals to one run and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

The win was Medina’s first since last July 18, when he beat the Boston Red Sox. He then went his last eight starts of the 2023 season without a win, a skid that reached 11 after his first three outings this year.

Athletics vs. Royals Recap

The A’s gave Medina a 2-0 lead in the third. Andujar and Rooker each had an RBI single off Royals starter Cole Ragans (4-5).

Kansas City cut its deficit in half on Bobby Witt Jr.’s RBI double in the fifth, but the A’s did the rest of the night’s scoring, adding two in the seventh and another on Gelof’s homer, his seventh, in the eighth.

Rooker and Tyler Nevin drove in the seventh-inning runs with RBI singles.

Ragans allowed just two runs and four hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven.

JJ Bleday scored twice for the A’s, who get a chance to sweep the three-game set Thursday and split their six-game season series against the Royals.

T.J. McFarland, Dany Jimenez, Austin Adams and Mason Miller combined for 3 1/3 innings of two-hit, shutout relief. No save was recorded for Miller, who struck out two of the four men he faced in a hitless ninth.

Witt had a double and a single for the Royals, who dropped their third straight. Kyle Isbel also had two of Kansas City’s eight hits.

–Field Level Media

Upcoming schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Tuesday, June 18th-Thursday, June 20th – vs. Kansas City Royals
  • Friday, June 21st-Sunday, June 23rd – vs. Minnesota Twins
  • Monday, June 24th-Wednesday, June 26th – @ Los Angeles Angels
  • Friday, June 28th-Sunday, June 30th – @ Arizona Diamondbacks
  • Tuesday, July 2nd-Thursday, July 4th – vs. Los Angeles Angels

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