Ventura ejected, Royals blanked by A’s

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Josh Reddick hit a three-run homer, Jesse Hahn and Jesse Chavez combined for a seven-hitter, and the Oakland Athletics rolled to a 5-0 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Yordano Ventura (2-1) gave up all five runs in the fourth inning, right before hitting A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie with what appeared to be a retaliatory pitch for an incident the previous night.

Stephen Vogt and former Royals designated hitter Billy Butler each drove in a run for Oakland, and Hahn (1-1) scattered three hits and a walk over 5 1-3 innings before leaving with a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

Chavez then picked him up with 3 2-3 innings for the save, completing the fifth shutout by Oakland in its first 12 games.

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