The Oakland Athletics looked to be overmatched and outclassed by Kansas City Royals starter Danny Duffy for most of Tuesday’s contest.
But rookie Ryon Healy was not overwhelmed by one of the better starters in the American League as he went 2-for-3 against the lefty, including a solo shot in the top of the eighth that led to the Royals’ unraveling in the game.
Oakland would eventually go on to win the game, 5-4.
Joakim Soria came in later in the inning and ultimately surrendered three runs to cost Duffy the win. Yonder Alonso drove a two-run double to give the A’s the lead and Marcus Semien’s single provided an extra insurance run.
Ryan Dull and Ryan Madson combined for the eighth and ninth innings, but it wasn’t pretty. Madson, playing against his former team, allowed a pair of base runners and balked in a run before inducing a groundout off the bat of Eric Hosmer to end the game.
The win marks the Athletics’ second in as many days in the Midwest after being swept in Seattle over the weekend.
The A’s and Royals will play the third of a four-game series today with Sean Manaea — who was traded from Kansas City to Oakland last season in the Ben Zobrist deal — slated to face off with the always exciting Yordano Ventura.