Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run off Kansas City Royals' Dillon Gee in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Oakland Athletics' Stephen Vogt, right, is congratulated by third base coach Ron Washington after hitting a home run off Kansas City Royals' Dillon Gee in the seventh inning of a baseball game Saturday, April 16, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

A’s, Royals split opening games of weekend set

OAKLAND — Sonny Gray wasn’t at his sharpest, but the A’s ace gutted his way through six innings, and Oakland topped the Royals 5-3 on Saturday.

Gray managed to pitch the final frame only because he ducked his manager Bob Melvin after the fifth.

“I gave BoMel the typical, ‘Don’t look at him. Don’t look at him [treatment]’,” Gray said with a smile after allowing two runs — one earned — and scattering seven hits. “To me, if I don’t look at him, he might not take me out. So, after the fifth, I just didn’t look at him.”

Josh Reddick gave the A’s a 3-1 advantage in the first, clocking a towering three-run blast into the right field bleachers. Stephen Vogt also left the park in the seventh, sending a solo shot sailing over the jagged edge in right center.

For Vogt, the long ball was his second of the weekend, as he also went deep in Oakland’s 4-2 loss on Friday night.Bob MelvinJosh ReddickKansas City Royalskarl buscheckMLBOakland AthleticsSonny GrayStephen Vogt

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