Olson, Montas lead A's to 16-0 rout of Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Matt Olson and Dustin Fowler made lots of noise in Oakland's lineup, combining for four home runs and nine RBIs, while Frankie Montas silenced Kansas City's bats.

Olson slugged two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, Montas pitched a career-best eight innings and the Athletics pounded out a 16-0 victory over the Royals on Friday night. Fowler also homered twice and had four RBIs for Oakland, which leads the majors with 51 road home runs in 28 games.

Montas (2-0) made his second start since being called up from the minors last Sunday and limited the Royals to six hits and used groundball double plays to end the fourth and fifth innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.64.

''The sinker was really working for me and, really, I was just trying to execute pitch by pitch,'' Montas said through an interpreter. ''I know that both starts, I've done well, but I can't get my guard down. I have to keep working and keep doing what I'm doing.''

Olson hit a 428-foot solo shot in the third and a 456-foot three-run blast in a seven-run third - both off Ian Kennedy - for his third career multihomer game and first this season.

''They still count the same, but yeah, I just got a pretty good hold of all of those,'' Olson said. ''But honestly, just happy to be putting consistent at-bats together and barreling some stuff up.''

He also drew a bases-loaded walk from Brian Flynn in the ninth to score Matt Chapman.

The A's sent 10 men to the plate in the third against Kennedy (1-6) and the first six reached, including Fowler's solo home run. Fowler also added a three-run homer off Jason Adam in Oakland's seven-run ninth for his first multihomer game.

Khris Davis, who came off the disabled list Thursday, singled in two runs in the third, and Jed Lowrie walked with the bases loaded.

Kennedy threw 46 of his 71 pitches in the third, his last inning. He gave up eight runs and seven hits with two walks. Since August 20, 2016, Kennedy is 1-12 with a 5.77 ERA in 26 starts at Kauffman Stadium.

''The big one was just the fastball I threw right down the middle to Olson,'' Kennedy said. ''Before that, I was putting guys in hitter's counts. For the most part, it's been a grind for the last four, five whatever starts it is now.

''I felt like this was the best week of work I've had. I felt good going into it, like I was really positive. I was working on things out of my delivery. I had zero to show for it and that's what the really frustrating thing is.''

Whit Merrifield had three of the Kansas City's eight hits. Jon Jay went 0 for 4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.

''Ian was really good in the first inning and not bad in the second,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He gave up a home run on a high fastball and really started struggling. It was almost a 50-pitch third inning. It's just one of those nights where we really didn't pitch very well.''

The Royals have lost 20 of 29 home games.

MILESTONE HIT

A's catcher Jonathan Lucroy singled in the sixth for his 1,000 hit. He had three hits and scored three runs.

''It's been eight years,'' Lucroy said. ''It's been a long time. I'm grateful I can be in this game that long and be able to even have the opportunity to get a thousand hits, so it's, very blessed to be on that side of it. A lot of fun and even more better when you get a win out of it.''

ROSTER MOVE

Oakland reinstated Marcus Semien from the paternity list. He entered in the ninth at shortstop. INF Franklin Barreto was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: LHP Brett Anderson (left shoulder strain) will play catch Saturday, the first day he'll throw since placed on the disabled list on May 19. RHP Liam Hendriks (right groin strain) will throw again Saturday for the Sounds. He pitched a scoreless inning Thursday at Round Rock.

Royals: 1B Lucas Duda (right foot plantar fasciitis) and 3B Cheslor Cuthbert (lower back strain) remain on the disabled list. Royals manager Ned Yost said they are not close to going on a rehab assignment.

UP NEXT

Athletics: RHP Trevor Cahill, who had an 8.22 ERA in 10 appearances last season with Kansas City, will start against his former club.

Royals: RHP Jason Hammel is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA in his past two starts.

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KC20-37
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  • W: F. Montas (2-0)L: I. Kennedy (1-6)
  • HR: OAK - M. Olson 2 (11), D. Fowler 2 (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Chapman 3B52210130.232.322.427.7494.5
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M. Semien SS00000000.268.320.383.7030.0
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a- M. Canha PH-DH11100000.237.299.444.7442.0
M. Olson 1B43352100.246.330.464.79418.0
C. Pinder SS-2B50000034.241.315.429.743-1.5
S. Piscotty RF51220001.232.289.356.6456.0
D. Fowler CF52342001.216.281.451.73215.0
J. Lucroy C53300001.265.321.368.6898.0
  • a-singled for Davis in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay RF40000002.302.359.356.7150.0
W. Merrifield CF30300000.296.373.427.8005.0
M. Moustakas 3B40000005.275.325.509.8340.0
S. Perez C20000001.243.288.466.7541.0
D. Butera C10000000.167.258.256.5150.0
J. Soler DH40000022.272.365.471.836-1.0
A. Gordon LF30100000.276.329.382.7111.0
A. Almonte LF10100000.220.268.352.6203.0
H. Dozier 1B40100021.263.333.386.7190.0
R. Goins 2B-SS30100002.263.291.355.6462.0
A. Escobar SS20100002.233.285.317.6021.0
R. Torres 2B10000001.250.294.313.6070.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - S. Piscotty (13)
    • 3B - J. Lucroy
    • HR - M. Olson 2 (11), D. Fowler 2 (3)
    • SF - M. Joyce (2)
    • RBI - M. Joyce (13), M. Chapman (24), J. Lowrie (40), K. Davis 2 (40), M. Olson 5 (26), S. Piscotty 2 (21), D. Fowler 4 (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (12), D. Fowler (4)
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield (16), R. Goins (5)
    • 3B - A. Almonte
    FIELDING
    • DP - 3 (Lowrie-Chapman-Olson; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson; Chapman-Olson)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Moustakas-Torres-Dozier)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    F. Montas (W, 2-0)8.07000200.640.8628.0
    E. Pagan1.01000203.861.433.0
    PITCHERSIP
    F. Montas (W, 2-0)8.0
    E. Pagan1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    I. Kennedy (L, 1-6)3.07882336.081.62-11.5
    S. Barlow3.03110502.531.227.5
    B. Flynn2.03443204.971.79-3.0
    J. Adam1.03330115.061.41-2.5
    PITCHERSIP
    I. Kennedy (L, 1-6)3.0
    S. Barlow3.0
    B. Flynn2.0
    J. Adam1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - F. Montas 2 (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 99-67, E. Pagan 11-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 8-11, E. Pagan 1-0
    • Batters Faced - F. Montas 30, E. Pagan 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - I. Kennedy (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 71-48, S. Barlow 55-40, B. Flynn 48-26, J. Adam 27-19
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 2-4, S. Barlow 2-2, B. Flynn 2-1
    • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 18, S. Barlow 12, B. Flynn 11, J. Adam 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    OAK30-28
    01700100716160
    KC20-37
    000000000080
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Joyce LF41110120.200.313.376.6893.0
    M. Chapman 3B52210130.232.322.427.7494.5
    J. Lowrie 2B32010222.295.363.487.8494.0
    M. Semien SS00000000.268.320.383.7030.0
    K. Davis DH41120010.237.310.495.8053.5
    a- M. Canha PH-DH11100000.237.299.444.7442.0
    M. Olson 1B43352100.246.330.464.79418.0
    C. Pinder SS-2B50000034.241.315.429.743-1.5
    S. Piscotty RF51220001.232.289.356.6456.0
    D. Fowler CF52342001.216.281.451.73215.0
    J. Lucroy C53300001.265.321.368.6898.0
    Total4116161645119-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Joyce LF4
    M. Chapman 3B5
    J. Lowrie 2B3
    M. Semien SS0
    K. Davis DH4
    a- M. Canha PH-DH1
    M. Olson 1B4
    C. Pinder SS-2B5
    S. Piscotty RF5
    D. Fowler CF5
    J. Lucroy C5
    Total41
    • a-singled for Davis in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay RF40000002.302.359.356.7150.0
    W. Merrifield CF30300000.296.373.427.8005.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40000005.275.325.509.8340.0
    S. Perez C20000001.243.288.466.7541.0
    D. Butera C10000000.167.258.256.5150.0
    J. Soler DH40000022.272.365.471.836-1.0
    A. Gordon LF30100000.276.329.382.7111.0
    A. Almonte LF10100000.220.268.352.6203.0
    H. Dozier 1B40100021.263.333.386.7190.0
    R. Goins 2B-SS30100002.263.291.355.6462.0
    A. Escobar SS20100002.233.285.317.6021.0
    R. Torres 2B10000001.250.294.313.6070.0
    Total3208000416-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Piscotty (13)
      • 3B - J. Lucroy
      • HR - M. Olson 2 (11), D. Fowler 2 (3)
      • SF - M. Joyce (2)
      • RBI - M. Joyce (13), M. Chapman (24), J. Lowrie (40), K. Davis 2 (40), M. Olson 5 (26), S. Piscotty 2 (21), D. Fowler 4 (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Chapman (12), D. Fowler (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (16), R. Goins (5)
      • 3B - A. Almonte
      FIELDING
      • DP - 3 (Lowrie-Chapman-Olson; Chapman-Lowrie-Olson; Chapman-Olson)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Torres-Dozier)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Montas (W, 2-0)8.07000200.640.8628.0
      E. Pagan1.01000203.861.433.0
      Total9.0800040---
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Montas (W, 2-0)8.0
      E. Pagan1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-6)3.07882336.081.62-11.5
      S. Barlow3.03110502.531.227.5
      B. Flynn2.03443204.971.79-3.0
      J. Adam1.03330115.061.41-2.5
      Total9.01616165114---
      PITCHERSIP
      I. Kennedy (L, 1-6)3.0
      S. Barlow3.0
      B. Flynn2.0
      J. Adam1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - F. Montas 2 (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 99-67, E. Pagan 11-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 8-11, E. Pagan 1-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Montas 30, E. Pagan 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - I. Kennedy (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - I. Kennedy 71-48, S. Barlow 55-40, B. Flynn 48-26, J. Adam 27-19
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - I. Kennedy 2-4, S. Barlow 2-2, B. Flynn 2-1
      • Batters Faced - I. Kennedy 18, S. Barlow 12, B. Flynn 11, J. Adam 6
      • 9TH INNING
        Joyce hit sacrifice fly to left, Lucroy scored160
        Fowler homered to center, Olson and Piscotty scored150
        Piscotty doubled to deep left, Lowrie and Canha scored, Olson to third120
        Olson walked, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third, Canha to second100
      • 6TH INNING
        Chapman singled to shallow left, Lucroy scored, Joyce to second90
      • 3RD INNING
        Fowler homered to right80
        Olson homered to center, Lowrie and Davis scored70
        Davis singled to shallow right, Joyce and Chapman scored, Lowrie to third40
        Lowrie walked, Lucroy scored, Joyce to third, Chapman to second20
      • 2ND INNING
        Olson homered to right10
      • 9TH INNING
        • B. Flynn Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie walked, Chapman to second
        • Mark Canha hit for Khris Davis
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Canha singled to left, Chapman to third, Lowrie to second
        • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Olson walked, Chapman scored, Lowrie to third, Canha to second
        • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
        • C. Pinder: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pinder flied out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty doubled to deep left, Lowrie and Canha scored, Olson to third
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler homered to center, Olson and Piscotty scored
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Lucroy tripled to deep right center
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce hit sacrifice fly to left, Lucroy scored
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (7 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Frankie Montas
        • Marcus Semien at shortstop
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Butera grounded out to third
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • A. Almonte: Almonte tripled to deep center
        • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Ramon Torres at second
        • Abraham Almonte in left
        • Drew Butera catching
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler singled to shallow center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play third to second to first, Fowler out at second
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Ryan Goins at shortstop
        • R. Goins: Ryan Goins facing Frankie Montas
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Torres doubled to shallow left
        • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Torres lined out to shortstop
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Jay lined out to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Brian Flynn relieved Scott Barlow
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Davis flied out to deep right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson singled to shallow left
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Piscotty grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Olson out at second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler flied out to left
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gordon flied out to right
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Barlow Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Piscotty popped out to second
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy singled to shallow left
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Joyce singled to shallow right center, Lucroy to third
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Chapman singled to shallow left, Lucroy scored, Joyce to second
        • J. Lowrie: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Jay flied out to left
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Merrifield doubled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to left
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Perez grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Barlow Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Olson lined out to second
        • C. Pinder: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Pinder struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to shallow left, Gordon to second
        • R. Goins: Goins flied out to center
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded into double play third to first, Gordon out at third
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Scott Barlow relieved Ian Kennedy
        • M. Joyce: Strike looking, Joyce grounded out to second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield singled to shallow center
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas popped out to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Merrifield to second
        • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Soler grounded into double play third to second to first, Perez out at second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce walked, Lucroy to second
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman singled to center, Lucroy to third, Joyce to second
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie walked, Lucroy scored, Joyce to third, Chapman to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Davis singled to shallow right, Joyce and Chapman scored, Lowrie to third
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Olson homered to center, Lowrie and Davis scored
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Pinder struck out looking
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Piscotty lined out to center
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler homered to right
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 3rd (7 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Goins grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar singled to shallow center
        • J. Jay: Jay grounded out to first
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Davis lined out to right
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Olson homered to right
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Pinder grounded out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Piscotty singled to left
        • D. Fowler: Foul, Foul, Ball, Piscotty to second on wild pitch, Ball, Fowler flied out to center
        • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Foul, Perez lined out to second
        • J. Soler: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • A. Gordon: Gordon flied out to left
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • I. Kennedy Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • F. Montas Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Merrifield singled to shallow center
        • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moustakas grounded into double play second to third to first, Merrifield out at second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)