The Royals were no match for Mark Mulder. The A’s starter gave up eight hits, but only one run as Oakland topped Kansas City 6-1 at Kauffman Stadium. The A’s scored four runs off Royals starter Kyle Snyder in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Kansas City’s only run came off the bat of Angel Berroa who drove in Ken Harvey with a double in the seventh inning. The Royals have now lost four in a row and are just a game above .500 with a 26-25 record. They’ve gone 10-22 since starting the season with an improbable 16-3 start. The only good news for the team yesterday was that the Twins also lost, keeping the Royals four and a half game back in the American League Central race.