Rijo(8-1) escaped virtually unscathed against the Kansas City hitters. He allowed only 3 hits and 1 walk in 9 innings. Rijo chalked up 10 strikeouts seeing his ERA drop from 3.30 to 3.02. Oakland had 16 hits for the afternoon.
Charlie Leibrandt(5-6) took the loss. He allowed a few too many baserunners giving up 13 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings. The Oakland fans were thrilled by the performance put forth by Rijo, but it was clearly his strikeouts that they enjoyed most. 'When he reached 10 strikeouts the fans showed him their appreciation with a loud cheer.' Jackie Moore said following the game.