MESA, Ariz. — Jed Lowrie and Chris Coghlan hit home runs and Kendall Graveman pitched seven solid innings in the Oakland Athletics’ 10-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Danny Valencia had two hits and drove in a pair of runs and Yonder Alonso added two hits for the A’s. Josh Reddick, Khris Davis and Billy Butler also drove in runs.
“Lowrie seems like he gets a good at-bat every time out,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “He’s been consistent the whole spring.”
Graveman took a shutout into the seventh. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked one.
Graveman felt this was an important game for him and the team.
“I’ve been getting incrementally better in every game and I wanted to keep that going,” Graveman said. “I think this was in the right direction. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes. To win this game is big because pretty soon, they’re going to count.”
Graveman was particularity happy with the development of a changeup, a pitch he worked on during the offseason and a pitch he needs.
“I think it weakens the contact and gets them off my fastball,” Graveman said. “I have to be able to throw that pitch to both lefties and righties.”
Jesse Hahn starts Monday’s game in Mesa against the Cleveland Indians and Danny Salazar.