Jeremy Guthrie combined with two relievers on a three-hit shutout and Alcides Escobar had two hits and an RBI as the Kansas City Royals posted their fifth win in seven games with a 5-0 victory against the A’s on Tuesday.
Guthrie (2-3) turned in his second stellar performance, allowing three singles and two walks while striking out eight. The right-hander, who lost his first three starts after being acquired from Colorado, worked eight scoreless frames against the White Sox last week.
Kansas City needed only three hits to score five times in the fifth inning. After Jarrod Parker (7-7) issued a leadoff walk to Salvador Perez, Jeff Francoeur doubled and Eric Hosmer delivered an RBI single to snap a scoreless tie.
Lorenzo Cain walked before Chris Getz lifted a sacrifice fly, and Alex Gordon plated a run with a single. Cain scored on an error and Billy Butler capped the uprising with another sacrifice fly.
Parker surrendered five runs — four earned — and five hits in 4²⁄³ innings. He walked two and struck out three en route to his third consecutive loss.
Oakland, which struck out 12 times, has lost three of its past four games.
NOTES: A’s third baseman Brandon Inge was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder and infielder Josh Donaldson was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Inge is batting .216 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs in 82 games. ... Injured left-hander Dallas Braden will undergo exploratory surgery on his throwing shoulder, but a date has not been set. Braden originally had surgery on the shoulder in May 2011 to repair a torn anterior capsule. ... Brad LaRosa, head trainer for Triple-A Sacramento, was named 2012 Pacific Coast League Athletic Trainer of the Year. ... IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire, who trains and lives on the Peninsula, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the A’s game against the Cleveland Indians as part of A’s Filipino Heritage Night on Friday.