Jemile Weeks had two hits and drove in three runs, and Hideki Matsui homered to lead the Oakland Athletics to an 8-4 win over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday.
The A’s beat up on KC starter Jeff Francis. Daric Barton drove in two runs, and Coco Crisp and Kurt Suzuki each had an RBI to give Gio Gonzalez (6-5), his first win since May 17.
Francis gave up a season-high six runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings. He walked two and did not strike out a batter in a game for the first time. Francis is not very good away from his home park. Francis has not won consecutive road starts since 2007. He has a 6.93 ERA away from Kansas City