Olson, Montas lead A's to 16-0 rout of Royals
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Olson slugged two homers and drove in a career-high five runs, Frankie Montas pitched a career-best eight innings and the Oakland Athletics pounded out a 16-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Dustin 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.
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 multi-homer game and third this season. 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.
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.
Whit Merrifield had three of the Kansas City's eight hits. Jon Jay went 0 for 4, ending his 12-game hitting streak.
The Royals have lost 20 of 29 home games.