Oakland finally holds a lead!
A dozen runs turned out to be enough, just barely.
The Oakland A’s held on for a wild 12-10 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium, in a game that saw the two teams combine for 35 hits and 46 total baserunners. The slumping A’s bullpen made it interesting at the end as usual, nearly blowing a seven-run lead, but they stranded the winning run on base in the 9th.
Oakland’s lineup is having a hot September, and one key difference tonight is they didn’t stop scoring after an early outburst. In many of their recent frustrating losses, the offense has taken a quick lead but then gone silent, while the pitching staff struggles to hold on and eventually blows it. They jumped out ahead again this evening with eight runs in the first five innings, but this time they continued adding insurance in the 7th and that allowed them to withstand the Royals’ multiple comeback attempts.
On the other hand, the A’s pitching had another rough day. Starter Sean Manaea was tagged with five runs, and the bullpen allowed five more in four innings. Kansas City entered the 9th down by three but loaded the bases and scored once, before a groundout finally ended the four-hour affair.
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