Morales, Volquez lead the Royals past the Athletics, 4-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Kendrys Morales had three hits and got his 500th career RBI to help the Kansas City Royals win their fourth straight, beating the Oakland Athletics 4-2 Friday night.

Edinson Volquez (2-0) pitched six innings, retiring seven of the last eight batters he faced. He gave up two runs on four hits, walking four and striking out two. Eric Hosmer homered and Lorenzo Cain also each drove in a run for the Royals.

Morales walked in his first at bat and then singled in his next three appearances. He entered the game with a .182 average and three hits in his previous 18 at bats.

Stephen Vogt homered, singled twice and scored both runs for the A's, who lost their fourth straight and fell to 1-7 at home.

Rich Hill (1-2) struggled through 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and nine hits.