Jeremy Guthrie allowed only three singles in seven innings, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland A’s,5-0 on Tuesday night. Guthrie struck out a season-high eight, and ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings, the longest streak of his career. He has given up just eight hits and struck out 14 in his past two starts, wins over the A’s and the Chicago White Sox.
Guthrie, 5-12 overall, is 2-3 in five starts with the Royals, since he was picked up in a July 20 trade with Colorado for left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. The A’s failed to get a runner past second base and were shut out for a major league-leading 14th time. Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer delivered run-scoring singles in the Royals’ five-run fifth inning that also featured sacrifice flies by Chris Getz and Billy Butler.