Montas, Davis lead Athletics past Royals 7-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Frankie Montas has somehow had an easier time succeeding as a starter in the big leagues than he did in the minors.

Montas pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning to win his third straight start since being called up to the majors and Khris Davis homered twice to lead the Oakland Athletics to a 7-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

''I always trusted myself and I always believed in myself,'' Montas said through an interpreter. ''Now things are going well.''

It wasn't that way in the minors this season when Montas (3-0) had a 1-5 record in nine starts at Triple-A Nashville. But he is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA with the A's this season, including eight shutout innings against Kansas City last Friday.

Montas was sharp once again, allowing six hits and holding Kansas City scoreless until Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer with two outs in the eighth. He relied heavily on his hard sinker.

''It's very unpredictable,'' catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. ''For me behind the plate, I don't know where it's going to be at. It's a good thing, because if I don't, a hitter definitely doesn't. He pitches to contact and just attacks. He has a great mentality out there.''

Dustin Fowler also homered and Lucroy drove in three runs to help the A's send the Royals to their sixth straight loss and drop them to a season-worst 22 games under .500.

Davis gave Montas the early lead with his solo homer with two outs in the first against Jakob Junis (5-6) and added another to lead off the fourth for his 17th career multihomer game and second this year.

Fowler added a solo shot in the third and Lucroy had an RBI single in the fourth and two-run double in the sixth.

Junis allowed six runs and 10 hits in 5 1-3 innings to lose his third straight start.

''I didn't feel like he was sharp,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I felt he was struggling to command his slider in spots where he's really efficient, down and away. He was leaving balls middle, middle in a little bit on the slider. I just felt he wasn't his normal sharp self.''

Lou Trivino got four outs for his first save.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RF Jorge Soler left the game in the second inning after fouling a ball off his left foot. He finished his at-bat and struck out before being replaced in the field by Abraham Almonte. Soler is day to day with a bruised left big toe.

Athletics: Oakland scratched Trevor Cahill from Saturday's start because of a sore Achilles' tendon from running. Chris Bassitt will come up from Triple-A Nashville to start but Cahill won't need to go on the DL. ... RHP Santiago Casilla was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list and RHP Ryan Dull was optioned to Triple-A Nashville. Casilla had a 3.32 ERA and one save in 16 relief appearances before going on the DL on May 26 with a strained right shoulder.

CELEBRATION

Melvin proved to be prophetic. He said before the game that he expected to hear a big cheer from the crowd around 8:30 p.m., signifying that the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title. At almost exactly that time, the crowd cheered as the basketball game ended. The Warriors actually drew a bigger crowd at their arena next door to watch the basketball game on TV, with more than 19,000 fans turning out for that, compared to 10,132 for the A's.

''Congratulations to them,'' Melvin said. ''Amazing run they're on and it doesn't look like it's going to stop anytime soon.''

IMPRESSIVE POWER

Davis' first inning homer was a line drive that went to right field and even had his teammates impressed.

''I've seen some home runs in my life,'' Lucroy said. ''But when you talk about going opposite field on a line like that, that doesn't happen a lot unless your name is (Aaron) Judge or (Giancarlo) Stanton. You have to put Khris Davis up with those guys in terms of power. It's been impressive.''

UP NEXT

Bassitt makes his first big league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2016 when he faces Danny Duffy (2-6) in the third game of the series.

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  • W: F. Montas (3-0)L: J. Junis (5-6)S: L. Trivino (1)
  • HR: KC - M. Moustakas (13), OAK - K. Davis 2 (17), D. Fowler (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield DH41100010.283.361.408.7701.5
A. Escobar SS40000001.225.272.322.5940.0
M. Moustakas 3B41121011.271.327.502.8296.5
S. Perez C40100010.238.289.459.7481.5
J. Soler RF10000010.268.358.474.832-0.5
A. Almonte RF20000110.200.250.314.5640.5
A. Gordon LF40300002.269.323.360.6833.0
H. Dozier 1B40100002.260.321.364.6851.0
P. Orlando CF30000113.167.211.204.4140.5
R. Goins 2B40000011.236.269.315.583-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF41211001.250.304.458.7627.0
    J. Lowrie 2B40000001.289.354.474.8280.0
    K. Davis DH42222001.246.324.540.86412.0
    M. Olson 1B40000031.252.333.474.807-1.5
    M. Chapman 3B31100110.234.327.416.7432.5
    M. Semien SS42300001.263.314.378.6917.0
    S. Piscotty RF41100022.242.297.361.6581.0
    J. Lucroy C40230011.264.319.362.6815.5
    N. Martini LF40000004.000.000.000.0000.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - S. Perez (8)
      • HR - M. Moustakas (13)
      • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (42)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (14)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Lucroy (12)
      • 3B - M. Semien
      • HR - D. Fowler (4), K. Davis 2 (17)
      • RBI - D. Fowler (12), K. Davis 2 (46), J. Lucroy 3 (16)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (5), K. Davis (22), J. Lucroy (7)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Escobar-Goins-Dozier)
      • E - A. Escobar (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
      • E - M. Semien (10)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Junis (L, 5-6)5.110661534.051.19-4.5
      B. Flynn2.01100104.651.715.5
      J. Adam0.20000104.051.280.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Junis (L, 5-6)5.1
      B. Flynn2.0
      J. Adam0.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      F. Montas (W, 3-0)7.26221511.250.8824.5
      E. Pagan0.01001003.681.50-2.0
      L. Trivino (S, 1)1.10000201.821.2611.0
      PITCHERSIP
      F. Montas (W, 3-0)7.2
      E. Pagan0.0
      L. Trivino (S, 1)1.1
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 97-64, B. Flynn 26-18, J. Adam 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-5, B. Flynn 2-3, J. Adam 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Flynn 7, J. Adam 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Montas
      • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 96-67, E. Pagan 9-5, L. Trivino 13-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 9-9, L. Trivino 2-0
      • Batters Faced - F. Montas 30, E. Pagan 2, L. Trivino 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      W. Merrifield DH41100010.283.361.408.7701.5
      A. Escobar SS40000001.225.272.322.5940.0
      M. Moustakas 3B41121011.271.327.502.8296.5
      S. Perez C40100010.238.289.459.7481.5
      J. Soler RF10000010.268.358.474.832-0.5
      A. Almonte RF20000110.200.250.314.5640.5
      A. Gordon LF40300002.269.323.360.6833.0
      H. Dozier 1B40100002.260.321.364.6851.0
      P. Orlando CF30000113.167.211.204.4140.5
      R. Goins 2B40000011.236.269.315.583-0.5
      Total3427212710-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. Fowler CF41211001.250.304.458.7627.0
        J. Lowrie 2B40000001.289.354.474.8280.0
        K. Davis DH42222001.246.324.540.86412.0
        M. Olson 1B40000031.252.333.474.807-1.5
        M. Chapman 3B31100110.234.327.416.7432.5
        M. Semien SS42300001.263.314.378.6917.0
        S. Piscotty RF41100022.242.297.361.6581.0
        J. Lucroy C40230011.264.319.362.6815.5
        N. Martini LF40000004.000.000.000.0000.0
        Total35711631712-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - S. Perez (8)
          • HR - M. Moustakas (13)
          • RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (42)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Moustakas 2 (14)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Lucroy (12)
          • 3B - M. Semien
          • HR - D. Fowler (4), K. Davis 2 (17)
          • RBI - D. Fowler (12), K. Davis 2 (46), J. Lucroy 3 (16)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Fowler (5), K. Davis (22), J. Lucroy (7)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Escobar-Goins-Dozier)
          • E - A. Escobar (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Chapman-Lowrie-Olson)
          • E - M. Semien (10)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Junis (L, 5-6)5.110661534.051.19-4.5
          B. Flynn2.01100104.651.715.5
          J. Adam0.20000104.051.280.5
          Total8.01176173---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Junis (L, 5-6)5.1
          B. Flynn2.0
          J. Adam0.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          F. Montas (W, 3-0)7.26221511.250.8824.5
          E. Pagan0.01001003.681.50-2.0
          L. Trivino (S, 1)1.10000201.821.2611.0
          Total9.0722271---
          PITCHERSIP
          F. Montas (W, 3-0)7.2
          E. Pagan0.0
          L. Trivino (S, 1)1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Junis 97-64, B. Flynn 26-18, J. Adam 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Junis 5-5, B. Flynn 2-3, J. Adam 1-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Junis 26, B. Flynn 7, J. Adam 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - F. Montas
          • Pitches-Strikes - F. Montas 96-67, E. Pagan 9-5, L. Trivino 13-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - F. Montas 9-9, L. Trivino 2-0
          • Batters Faced - F. Montas 30, E. Pagan 2, L. Trivino 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Semien scored on shortstop Escobar fielding error27
            Moustakas homered to right, Merrifield scored26
          • 6TH INNING
            Lucroy doubled to left, Semien and Piscotty scored06
          • 4TH INNING
            Lucroy singled to shallow center, Chapman scored, Semien to third04
            Davis homered to center03
          • 3RD INNING
            Fowler homered to right center02
          • 1ST INNING
            Davis homered to right center01
          • 9TH INNING
            • L. Trivino Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Goins grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Merrifield singled to shallow center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Moustakas homered to right, Merrifield scored
            • Emilio Pagan relieved Frankie Montas
            • S. Perez: Perez doubled to deep left
            • A. Almonte: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Almonte walked
            • Lou Trivino relieved Emilio Pagan
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to deep left
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Semien tripled to left center
            • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
            • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Piscotty reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Semien scored on shortstop Escobar fielding error
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
            • N. Martini: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Martini flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 7TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Almonte lined out to right
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon singled to right
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Dozier fouled out to right
            • P. Orlando: Orlando grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie lined out to left
            • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded out to third
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to deep left
            • S. Perez: Perez fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Chapman struck out swinging
            • M. Semien: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Semien singled to shallow center
            • S. Piscotty: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Piscotty singled to right, Semien to second
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Lucroy doubled to left, Semien and Piscotty scored
            • Brian Flynn relieved Jake Junis
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Martini grounded out to third
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Foul, Fowler lined out to first
            • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • P. Orlando: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Orlando walked
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded into double play third to second to first, Orlando out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield popped out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Fowler singled to shallow right
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Lowrie flied out to shallow left
            • K. Davis: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Davis grounded out to pitcher, Fowler to second
            • M. Olson: Ball, Olson flied out to shallow center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gordon singled to right center
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Davis homered to center
            • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Olson struck out looking
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman singled to center
            • M. Semien: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Semien singled to shallow left, Chapman to second
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Lucroy singled to shallow center, Chapman scored, Semien to third
            • N. Martini: Martini grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Lucroy out at second
            • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • R. Goins: Ball, Goins grounded out to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar safe at first on shortstop Semien fielding error
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Escobar to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Moustakas flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy popped out to first
            • N. Martini: Strike looking, Martini grounded out to first
            • D. Fowler: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Fowler homered to right center
            • J. Lowrie: Foul, Ball, Lowrie popped out to third
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Perez lined out to center
            • J. Soler: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon singled to shallow left center
            • H. Dozier: Dozier singled to shallow left, Gordon to second
            • P. Orlando: Orlando grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Dozier out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Abraham Almonte in right field
            • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
            • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Chapman out at second
            • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • F. Montas Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to second
            • A. Escobar: Escobar lined out to left
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Junis Pitching:
            • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler grounded out to second
            • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to center
            • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis homered to right center
            • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)