Olson, A’s rough up Kowar as Athletics romp past Royals 11-2

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Oakland Athletics’ James Kaprielian pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Olson had four hits, including his 16th home run, and the Oakland Athletics roughed up Kansas City rookie Jackson Kowar in romping past the Royals 11-2.

Matt Chapman also connected and drove in three runs. Skye Bolt added his first career home run for the A’s. James Kaprielian overcame control issues and pitched a two-hit ball over six innings.

The highly touted Kowar was tagged for four runs on five hits and three walks in just 1 1/3 innings. Kowar made his major league debut last Monday and got only two outs against the Angels, allowing four runs on three hits, two walks and three wild pitches.

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