OAKLAND -- A's manager Bob Melvin summed up left-hander Tommy Milone's outing Saturday night against the Royals this way:
"That was Houdini."
Milone needed 63 pitches to get through two innings. He loaded the bases with nobody out in the second on a single and two walks. The Royals put their leadoff hitter on base against him in four of six innings. The A's already their bullpen working in the second.
When Milone finally did leave the 2-1 win over the Royals, though, he had completed six innings, thrown 111 pitches and stayed in long enough for the A's to scratch out two runs against Ervin Santana, making Milone a winner for the first time in six starts.
"It was gutsy," reliever Sean Doolittle said. "I don't know if it was fun to watch -- it was a little nerve-wracking at first. He really had to dig deep."
"Kid's a fighter," said second baseman Eric Sogard.