KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs for the A's on Sunday. Jed Lowrie had three hits, including a homer of his own.
So when Eric Sogard went deep, who really cared?
“There was no home run tunnel or anything,” the light-hitting Sogard joked of a rather muted home run celebration that awaited him after rounding the bases during a 10-4 win over the Kansas City Royals. “They were probably surprised I hit one.”
Sogard went 260 at-bats without a homer, since April 27, 2012.
It was that kind of day for the Oakland offense. The A's pounded out 15 hits, and everybody in the starting lineup except Chris Young had one against the Royals' haphazard pitching.
“We got some runs early,” said Josh Donaldson, who had a pair of hits. “Then it seemed like every time they got a run our offense would answer right back.”
A.J. Griffin (7-6) rebounded from a miserable start against the Cubs to go five innings for the A's. The only damage he allowed came on solo homers by George Kottaras and Alex Gordon.
Jesse Chavez earned his first career save with four scoreless innings of relief.
“Saved the bullpen, that's all I was trying to do,” Chavez said.
Luis Mendoza (2-5) allowed five runs in the second inning for the Royals, and was yanked to a round of boos after retiring just four batters. It was the right-hander's shortest start in exactly five years — since an outing on July 7, 2008, when he was still with Texas.
“A rough outing really for our pitching staff today,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Mendoza's struggles began with a single in the second by Yoenis Cespedes. John Jaso added a one-out walk and Reddick's line drive to left gave Oakland a 2-0 lead.
Mendoza struck out Chris Young before another double by Sogard and back-to-back singles by Coco Crisp and Lowrie knocked him from the game. Chen came in from the bullpen and gave up another base hit to Josh Donaldson before finally getting out of the inning.