Chapman, A's break through in 6th to beat Royals 4-1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics pitcher Paul Blackburn couldn't wait for the postgame meal following his first start of the season. Jittery nerves kept the right-hander from eating beforehand, and he was anxious to dig in.

Matt Chapman doubled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to make a winner of Blackburn in his season debut, and Oakland beat the Kansas City Royals 4-1 on Thursday night.

''The last 48 hours have been pretty rough for me,'' said Blackburn, who was activated off the disabled list before the game. ''I don't think I've ate anything. I was just sitting there, stomach turning. It was excitement with nerves, with just everything, getting back out there and competing with the guys.''

Matt Olson hit his 13th home run, Stephen Piscotty singled three times and Marcus Semien added two hits and an RBI to help the A's to their third win in four games against the Royals over the past seven days.

But Oakland's pitching was the difference.

Blackburn (1-0) missed the first two months of the season with a strained right forearm he suffered late in spring training. The right-hander yielded three hits, including Alcides Escobar's home run in the third and induced 11 groundouts over six innings.

''That's what we saw last year probably when he was at his best,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said. ''I didn't expect that. It looks like he's ahead of where we thought he'd be.''

Blackburn was encouraged by his second career start against the Royals.

''My legs got a little tired in the sixth,'' he said. ''It was getting ahead of guys early, early contact, just letting them hit the ball on the ground.''

Kansas City's Jason Hammel (2-6) matched Blackburn until Oakland broke through for three runs in the sixth.

After Hammel retired Jed Lowrie on a fly ball, Khris Davis singled and moved to second when Olson walked. Chapman then hit a towering fly ball that hit near the top of the wall. Royals center fielder Paulo Orlando appeared to have a good jump on it but got twisted around near the wall before the ball ricocheted off the fence, allowing Davis to score.

''It was obvious (we) were having trouble seeing the ball,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''It was the time of night. It's that rough period when the ball goes up, sometimes you just need help. By the time (Orlando) picked it back up, it was too late.''

Semien and Piscotty followed with back-to-back RBI singles.

Lou Trivino and Yusmeiro Petit retired three batters apiece for Oakland. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his 14th save.

Oakland finished with nine hits. In doing so, the A's avoided becoming the first team since the 1910 Chicago White Sox to go 14 consecutive games at home with seven or fewer.

Hammel allowed four runs on eight hits in six innings against his former club. He struck out six and walked one.

The Royals have lost five straight.

''Offensively we're struggling right now,'' Yost said. ''It goes in cycles. We're just not swinging the bats well as a group.''

Olson's home run off Hammel in the fourth extended his hitting streak to a career-high seven games.

DEFENSIVE GEM

A's rookie center fielder Dustin Fowler made a diving catch on Ramon Torres' sinking liner to end the eighth.

QUOTABLE

''I thought Hammel threw great. One of the best performances I've seen him throw since we've had him. Even the pitches he got hurt on . he was really, really good.'' - Yost on his starting pitcher.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: Orlando was recalled from Triple-A Omaha before the game and took the roster spot left vacant when Jon Jay was traded to Arizona in exchange for a pair of minor leaguers Wednesday.

Athletics: Catcher Bruce Maxwell was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. ... OF Boog Powell (sprained right knee) was transferred to 60-day disabled list. ... RHP Santiago Casilla (shoulder strain) is expected to come off the DL soon.

UP NEXT

RHP Frankie Montas (2-0, 0.64 ERA) pitches for Oakland on Friday night. Montas has allowed one run over 14 innings since being called up from the minors May 27. The Royals counter with RHP Jakob Junis (5-5, 3.62).

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  • W: P. Blackburn (1-0)L: J. Hammel (2-6)S: B. Treinen (14)
  • HR: KC - A. Escobar (3), OAK - M. Olson (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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W. Merrifield 2B40000000.284.363.411.7740.0
P. Orlando CF40000020.176.208.216.423-1.0
M. Moustakas DH40100000.272.328.494.8222.0
S. Perez C30100011.238.290.458.7480.5
J. Soler RF30000021.269.359.476.836-1.0
A. Gordon LF30000001.257.314.351.6640.0
H. Dozier 1B30100010.260.325.370.6950.5
A. Escobar SS31111001.229.277.327.6046.0
R. Torres 3B30000000.211.250.263.5130.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF40000001.235.293.412.7050.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40000030.294.359.482.841-1.5
    K. Davis DH41100010.242.321.512.8331.5
    M. Olson 1B32111110.257.339.482.8217.5
    M. Chapman 3B41210010.232.324.417.7414.5
    M. Semien SS40210001.256.307.364.6723.0
    S. Piscotty RF30310000.242.298.363.6614.0
    J. Lucroy C30000025.259.315.353.668-1.0
    N. Martini LF30000003.000.000.000.0000.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Moustakas (16)
      • HR - A. Escobar (3)
      • RBI - A. Escobar (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Chapman (9)
      • HR - M. Olson (13)
      • RBI - M. Olson (32), M. Chapman (25), M. Semien (25), S. Piscotty (22)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 2-6)6.08441615.241.443.0
      T. Hill1.00000104.121.323.5
      K. Herrera1.01000100.760.722.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 2-6)6.0
      T. Hill1.0
      K. Herrera1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)6.03110311.500.5025.5
      L. Trivino (H, 7)1.01000101.931.332.5
      Y. Petit (H, 6)1.00000103.461.103.5
      B. Treinen (S, 14)1.00000100.920.9510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)6.0
      L. Trivino (H, 7)1.0
      Y. Petit (H, 6)1.0
      B. Treinen (S, 14)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 93-68, T. Hill 13-9, K. Herrera 11-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-7, T. Hill 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 27, T. Hill 3, K. Herrera 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 67-52, L. Trivino 20-13, Y. Petit 10-8, B. Treinen 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 11-3, L. Trivino 1-1
      • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 20, L. Trivino 4, Y. Petit 3, B. Treinen 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      W. Merrifield 2B40000000.284.363.411.7740.0
      P. Orlando CF40000020.176.208.216.423-1.0
      M. Moustakas DH40100000.272.328.494.8222.0
      S. Perez C30100011.238.290.458.7480.5
      J. Soler RF30000021.269.359.476.836-1.0
      A. Gordon LF30000001.257.314.351.6640.0
      H. Dozier 1B30100010.260.325.370.6950.5
      A. Escobar SS31111001.229.277.327.6046.0
      R. Torres 3B30000000.211.250.263.5130.0
      Total301411064-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Fowler CF40000001.235.293.412.7050.0
        J. Lowrie 2B40000030.294.359.482.841-1.5
        K. Davis DH41100010.242.321.512.8331.5
        M. Olson 1B32111110.257.339.482.8217.5
        M. Chapman 3B41210010.232.324.417.7414.5
        M. Semien SS40210001.256.307.364.6723.0
        S. Piscotty RF30310000.242.298.363.6614.0
        J. Lucroy C30000025.259.315.353.668-1.0
        N. Martini LF30000003.000.000.000.0000.0
        Total3249411810-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Moustakas (16)
          • HR - A. Escobar (3)
          • RBI - A. Escobar (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Chapman (9)
          • HR - M. Olson (13)
          • RBI - M. Olson (32), M. Chapman (25), M. Semien (25), S. Piscotty (22)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Merrifield-Dozier)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 2-6)6.08441615.241.443.0
          T. Hill1.00000104.121.323.5
          K. Herrera1.01000100.760.722.5
          Total8.0944181---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 2-6)6.0
          T. Hill1.0
          K. Herrera1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)6.03110311.500.5025.5
          L. Trivino (H, 7)1.01000101.931.332.5
          Y. Petit (H, 6)1.00000103.461.103.5
          B. Treinen (S, 14)1.00000100.920.9510.5
          Total9.0411061---
          PITCHERSIP
          P. Blackburn (W, 1-0)6.0
          L. Trivino (H, 7)1.0
          Y. Petit (H, 6)1.0
          B. Treinen (S, 14)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 93-68, T. Hill 13-9, K. Herrera 11-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-7, T. Hill 2-0, K. Herrera 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 27, T. Hill 3, K. Herrera 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - P. Blackburn 67-52, L. Trivino 20-13, Y. Petit 10-8, B. Treinen 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - P. Blackburn 11-3, L. Trivino 1-1
          • Batters Faced - P. Blackburn 20, L. Trivino 4, Y. Petit 3, B. Treinen 3
          • 6TH INNING
            Piscotty singled to left, Chapman scored, Semien to second14
            Semien singled to left, Olson scored, Chapman to third13
            Chapman doubled to deep center, Davis scored, Olson to third12
          • 4TH INNING
            Olson homered to center11
          • 3RD INNING
            Escobar homered to left center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Blake Treinen relieved Yusmeiro Petit
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield popped out to second
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Moustakas lined out to right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Lou Trivino
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar flied out to deep left
            • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres lined out to center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Kelvin Herrera relieved Tim Hill
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Chapman singled to shallow right center
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Chapman out at second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Lou Trivino relieved Paul Blackburn
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Perez singled to center
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tim Hill relieved Jason Hammel
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Fowler grounded out to third
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Davis grounded out to second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Torres flied out to right
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Merrifield lined out to second
            • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
            • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Davis singled to left
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Olson walked, Davis to second
            • M. Chapman: Chapman doubled to deep center, Davis scored, Olson to third
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to left, Olson scored, Chapman to third
            • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Piscotty singled to left, Chapman scored, Semien to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • N. Martini: Ball, Martini flied out to deep left
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to first
            • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dozier singled to shallow left
            • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Dozier out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty singled to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • N. Martini: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Martini flied out to center
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas grounded out to second
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Olson homered to center
            • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded out to third
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Semien flied out to deep center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Escobar homered to left center
            • R. Torres: Torres grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Orlando: Orlando grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini grounded out to shortstop
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler flied out to left
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Soler grounded out to third
            • A. Gordon: Foul, Gordon grounded out to second
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Foul, Dozier lined out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Olson lined out to shortstop
            • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to right
            • S. Piscotty: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Piscotty singled to right, Semien to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Semien out at third
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • P. Blackburn Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas doubled to deep left
            • S. Perez: Perez grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Fowler grounded out to first
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
            • K. Davis: Davis lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)