OAKLAND -- Khris Davis slugged two homers, enjoying his 17th career multihomer game to help the A's secure their second straight victory over the Royals at the Coliseum on Friday night.Right-hander Frankie Montas did his part with 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 7-2 win, which also featured
OAKLAND -- Khris Davis slugged two homers, enjoying his 17th career multihomer game to help the A's secure their second straight victory over the Royals at the Coliseum on Friday night.
Right-hander Frankie Montas did his part with 7 2/3 innings of two-run ball in the 7-2 win, which also featured three RBIs from his batterymate, Jonathan Lucroy. Marcus Semien added three hits and scored twice to improve to 5-for-8 in this series.
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Davis gave the A's a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning with a two-out blast against Royals right-hander Jakob Junis on an opposite-field line drive, later opening the fourth frame with another long ball for his team-leading 17th of the season.
"That first one, that's just a line drive to right field and it goes out," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "We've seen him do some great things, but everybody in our dugout was amazed on that one, because when it took off off the bat, it just looks like a line drive. Anybody else, it's probably a two-hopper to the wall for a double, and this thing goes out. It's spectacular power is what it is."
"I've seen some home runs in my life," added Lucroy, "and when you're talking about going opposite field on a line drive like that, that doesn't happen a lot unless your name is [Aaron] Judge or [Giancarlo] Stanton. You gotta put Khris Davis up there with those guys in terms of power. It's pretty impressive."
Dustin Fowler also homered for the A's, lending ample run support to Montas, who handed the Royals their sixth straight loss with another strong performance. The right-hander was four outs away from securing a shutout when Mike Moustakas ended his night with a two-run homer.
Montas allowed six hits, walked one and fanned five in his third victory in as many tries -- two of them opposite Kansas City -- since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville. He has given the A's 23 2/3 innings in that span, yielding three runs for a tidy 1.25 ERA.
"It's been amazing from where he's come from, a guy that was a reliever last year that struggled some, coming up out of a need and doing what he's been doing has been fantastic," Melvin said. "He's always had it in him, and it's finally coming to fruition."
Lucroy, who has been behind the plate for each of Montas' three outings this year, delivered a two-out RBI single in the fourth and notched a two-run double in the sixth.
"He's one of the best catchers I've ever had," Montas said through team interpreter Juan Dorado. "I trust what he's calling and what he's doing back there, and it's working really well."
Since the start of 2016, Davis has more home runs (102) than any other Major Leaguer. Stanton is next in line with 101.
HE SAID IT
"I know last year he had some control stuff going on, but I tell you what, I haven't seen it. For the most part, he's throwing strikes, getting ahead, and it's been great for him to come up and do this. It's a lot of fun to be behind the plate for him." -- Lucroy, on Montas
The A's will send right-hander Chris Bassitt to the mound in place of an injured Trevor Cahill (Achilles) for Saturday's 1:05 p.m. PT tilt against the Royals. It will be Bassitt's first big league appearance since April 28, 2016. Kansas City will counter with lefty Danny Duffy (2-6, 5.81 ERA).
Jane Lee has covered the A's for MLB.com since 2010. Follow her on Twitter @JaneMLB.