Olson homers again as A's top Royals 5-1

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) When Matt Olson puts the barrel of the bat on the ball, they results are no-doubters.

Olson hit a three-run homer in the eighth as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 5-1 on Sunday to win the series.

Olson went 5 for 11 with three home runs, eight RBIs and scored five times in the series. His shortest of the three homers was 428 feet on Friday.

The A's are 9-2 in their past 11 road games. The Royals have lost 21 of 31 home games.

Olson drove a 3-0 pitch by Burch Smith 454 feet over the right-center field fence with Jed Lowrie and Chris Davis aboard. Lowrie's single scored Dustin Fowler, who had three hits, with the first run of the inning to snap a 1-1 tie.

''I got the green light, and I think 3-0 you tend to get one of the best fastball counts nowadays,'' Olson said. ''So he threw one over the plate and I was ready for it.''

Olson upped his home run total to 12 and has four in his past four games.

''When he squares it up like that I don't think it really matters,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said of the size of the park and the wind.

Smith walked two of the five batters he faced and has issued 18 free passes in 25 2-3 innings.

''It's hit and miss,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said of Smith's command. ''Today was definitely not good. He was behind on almost every hitter he faced.''

Royals starter Jakob Junis (5-5) was charged with three runs over 7 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and striking out a career-high nine.

''I threw some good fastballs, had my slider working and went with a good game plan,'' Junis said.

The three KC hits equaled a season low.

''I just wish we could get Jake some runs, to give him something to protect,'' Yost said.

Jon Jay snapped the longest active homerless drought in the majors for a non-pitcher with a third inning home run for the Kansas City run. He went 500 plate appearances between home runs. His previous was on July 5 a pinch-hit homer for the Chicago Cubs against Tampa Bay right-hander Erasmo Ramirez at Wrigley Field.

Mark Canha doubled down the left-field line and scored on Jonathan Lucroy's single in the third for the initial Oakland run.

Starter Daniel Gossett limited the Royals to two hits over five innings, with the Jay homer his only hiccup. Gossett, who is 4-14 in 23 career starts, threw only 63 pitches before leaving with right elbow tightness. He is returning Monday to Oakland for a MRI.

''A little discomfort, pretty precautionary,'' Gossett said. ''I just wanted to get out of there, didn't want to overextend anything. I didn't want it lead to anything (that) might be worse.''

He was replaced by rookie Lou Trivino (3-0), who pitched two hitless innings to pick up the victory. Trivino has a 0.82 ERA, allowing two runs and 15 hits over 22 innings, while striking out 23.

BIG ROYALS DRAFT

The Royals own five of the first 58 picks in the major league draft, which begins Monday. The Royals have the 18th, 33rd, 34th, 40th and 58th selections. They gained first-round compensation picks for the loss of free agents Lorenzo Cain and Eric Hosmer, plus competitive balance picks. The Royals have been allotted $12,781,900 for signing bonuses, the largest pool in this year's draft.

ERRORLESS STREAK ENDS

Shortstop Alcides Escobar committed a fielding error on Matt Chapman's ground ball in the sixth, snapping the Royals' seven-game errorless streak.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: OF Matt Joyce was not in the lineup Sunday after exiting in the fifth inning Saturday with back tightness. ''It may be a couple of days,'' Melvin said. ''I'm glad we get the off day tomorrow. We do have the left-hander the first day in Texas, so hopefully we gain a little ground in the next few days, but I wouldn't say he was great today. He talked to me during the game yesterday and we felt like it was the prudent thing to get him out. Hopefully it's not too long before we get him back in the lineup.''

UP NEXT

Athletics: They are off Monday before LHP Sean Manaea, who threw a no-hitter on April 21 against Boston, starts Tuesday at Texas. Manaea is 1-4 with a 7.18 ERA in his past six starts.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy is the Monday probable in the first game of the series at the Los Angeles Angels. Duffy has a 1.32 ERA in his past two starts after allowing 30 earned runs in 30 innings in his previous six starts.

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OAK31-29
001000040580
KC21-38
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  • W: L. Trivino (3-0)L: J. Junis (5-5)
  • HR: OAK - M. Olson (12), KC - J. Jay (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF41300010.241.308.448.7566.5
M. Semien SS40000114.262.316.377.6930.5
J. Lowrie 2B41110024.296.362.481.8422.0
K. Davis DH31000110.230.308.480.7871.5
M. Olson 1B41131020.248.332.472.8047.0
M. Chapman 3B40100010.234.324.422.746-0.5
S. Piscotty RF30000111.228.287.353.6400.5
M. Canha LF41100011.236.301.443.7442.5
J. Lucroy C40110000.263.318.363.6802.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay CF41111001.304.360.374.7346.0
    W. Merrifield 1B20000211.294.377.427.8045.5
    M. Moustakas 3B40000012.271.323.498.821-0.5
    S. Perez C40000021.239.286.458.744-1.0
    J. Soler RF40100010.273.365.485.8501.5
    A. Gordon LF20000101.268.327.369.6971.0
    H. Dozier DH30000011.250.318.367.685-0.5
    A. Escobar SS30100000.236.286.327.6131.0
    R. Goins 2B30000001.256.282.341.6240.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Canha (8)
      • HR - M. Olson (12)
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (42), M. Olson 3 (29), J. Lucroy (13)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (15)
      • HR - J. Jay
      • RBI - J. Jay (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Fowler (4)
      • CS - M. Chapman (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (14)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chapman-Semien-Olson)
      • PB - J. Lucroy (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Goins-Merrifield)
      • E - A. Escobar (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Gossett5.02112115.181.3610.5
      L. Trivino (W, 3-0)2.00001200.821.2313.0
      Y. Petit1.01000103.161.112.5
      B. Treinen1.00000200.950.994.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Gossett5.0
      L. Trivino (W, 3-0)2.0
      Y. Petit1.0
      B. Treinen1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-5)7.16331903.621.1313.5
      B. Smith0.21222116.661.68-4.5
      J. Adam1.01000004.631.372.0
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-5)7.1
      B. Smith0.2
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 63-46, L. Trivino 26-16, Y. Petit 16-12, B. Treinen 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 6-7, L. Trivino 3-1, B. Treinen 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 18, L. Trivino 7, Y. Petit 4, B. Treinen 3
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Junis (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 106-69, B. Smith 22-10, J. Adam 7-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-9, J. Adam 2-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 30, B. Smith 5, J. Adam 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      OAK31-29
      001000040580
      KC21-38
      001000000131
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. Fowler CF41300010.241.308.448.7566.5
      M. Semien SS40000114.262.316.377.6930.5
      J. Lowrie 2B41110024.296.362.481.8422.0
      K. Davis DH31000110.230.308.480.7871.5
      M. Olson 1B41131020.248.332.472.8047.0
      M. Chapman 3B40100010.234.324.422.746-0.5
      S. Piscotty RF30000111.228.287.353.6400.5
      M. Canha LF41100011.236.301.443.7442.5
      J. Lucroy C40110000.263.318.363.6802.0
      Total34585131010-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay CF41111001.304.360.374.7346.0
        W. Merrifield 1B20000211.294.377.427.8045.5
        M. Moustakas 3B40000012.271.323.498.821-0.5
        S. Perez C40000021.239.286.458.744-1.0
        J. Soler RF40100010.273.365.485.8501.5
        A. Gordon LF20000101.268.327.369.6971.0
        H. Dozier DH30000011.250.318.367.685-0.5
        A. Escobar SS30100000.236.286.327.6131.0
        R. Goins 2B30000001.256.282.341.6240.0
        Total291311368-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Canha (8)
          • HR - M. Olson (12)
          • RBI - J. Lowrie (42), M. Olson 3 (29), J. Lucroy (13)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (15)
          • HR - J. Jay
          • RBI - J. Jay (17)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Fowler (4)
          • CS - M. Chapman (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - W. Merrifield 2 (14)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Chapman-Semien-Olson)
          • PB - J. Lucroy (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moustakas-Goins-Merrifield)
          • E - A. Escobar (4)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Gossett5.02112115.181.3610.5
          L. Trivino (W, 3-0)2.00001200.821.2313.0
          Y. Petit1.01000103.161.112.5
          B. Treinen1.00000200.950.994.0
          Total9.0311361---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Gossett5.0
          L. Trivino (W, 3-0)2.0
          Y. Petit1.0
          B. Treinen1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 5-5)7.16331903.621.1313.5
          B. Smith0.21222116.661.68-4.5
          J. Adam1.01000004.631.372.0
          Total9.08553101---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 5-5)7.1
          B. Smith0.2
          J. Adam1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Gossett 63-46, L. Trivino 26-16, Y. Petit 16-12, B. Treinen 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Gossett 6-7, L. Trivino 3-1, B. Treinen 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. Gossett 18, L. Trivino 7, Y. Petit 4, B. Treinen 3
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Junis (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 106-69, B. Smith 22-10, J. Adam 7-6
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 4-9, J. Adam 2-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 30, B. Smith 5, J. Adam 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Olson homered to center, Lowrie and Davis scored51
            Lowrie singled to center, Fowler scored21
          • 3RD INNING
            Jay homered to right center11
            Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Burch Smith
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy grounded out to pitcher
            • D. Fowler: Foul, Fowler singled to right
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Foul, Semien grounded into double play third to second to first, Fowler out at second
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Blake Treinen relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler singled to center
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Semien lined out to center
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fowler stole second, Ball, Lowrie singled to center, Fowler scored
            • Burch Smith relieved Jake Junis
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Davis walked, Lowrie to second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Olson homered to center, Lowrie and Davis scored
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Chapman struck out on foul tip
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty walked
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Canha popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Lou Trivino
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Escobar singled to left
            • R. Goins: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Goins lined out to center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar to second on passed ball, Ball, Jay flied out to deep left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to third
            • M. Canha: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Canha struck out looking
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy popped out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Trivino Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Soler flied out to left
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • H. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Davis popped out to second
            • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Olson grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman safe at first on shortstop Escobar fielding error
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Strike swinging, Chapman caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Lou Trivino relieved Daniel Gossett
            • J. Jay: Ball, Foul, Foul, Jay grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball (pitchout), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield stole second
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Ball, Merrifield stole third, Foul, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Canha: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Canha lined out to center
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fowler: Fowler singled to center
            • M. Semien: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Semien walked, Fowler to second
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Dozier struck out looking
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to pitcher
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Ball, Goins flied out to right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis flied out to left
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Olson struck out on foul tip
            • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to left
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to left
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Soler doubled to deep center
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Piscotty popped out to second
            • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Canha doubled to shallow left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Ball, Fowler hit by pitch, Lucroy to second
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Semien flied out to right
            • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Escobar flied out to center
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins grounded out to second
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay homered to right center
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Merrifield flied out to deep center
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman flied out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez flied out to left
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler flied out to deep right
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Dozier grounded out to third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Fowler struck out looking
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Gossett Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Jay lined out to left
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Moustakas grounded into double play third to shortstop to first, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)