OAKLAND – A sacrifice fly from the A's Jed Lowrie and a subsequent tiebreaking RBI triple by Brandon Moss gave the A's two runs against longtime nemesis Ervin Santana in the sixth inning, enough for Oakland to post a second consecutive 2-1 win over the Kansas City Royals.
The win enabled starter Tommy Milone to end his losing streak at five games and moved the A's back to the .500 mark for the season at 22-22.
Milone gave up a run in the first inning after there were two out and none on, then, in four of the next five innings, allowed the leadoff man to reach base. The left-hander managed to escape, including pitching out of a bases-loaded, none-out spot in the second.
Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Grant Balfour each threw a scoreless inning to seal the victory.
Santana came into Saturday's game owning a career 14-5 record and 2.03 ERA against the A's. The uniform has changed, but Santana was as tough as ever, giving up two hits and no runs in five innings before the A's finally scored in the sixth.