American League Game Summary - Oakland at Kansas City
(Friday, July 5th)
Final Score: Oakland 6, Kansas City 3
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Tommy Milone spun 8 1/3 stellar innings to
help the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, in the opener of
a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Milone (8-7) had a two-hit shutout broken up in the ninth inning with one
out. He yielded three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Grant Balfour was able to work out of what could have been a disastrous ninth
inning to move to a perfect 22-for-22 in save opportunities. He tied Dennis
Eckersley's club record with his 40th successful save with the A's.
"It's an accomplishment," Balfour said of tying the record. "It's not
something that I set out to do. It just happened."
Coco Crisp had three RBI while Josh Reddick finished with a double, triple and
three runs scored for the A's, winners in seven of their last nine games.
Wade Davis (4-7), who gave up six runs in one-plus innings in his previous
outing, rebounded to give up three runs on six hits with eight
strikeouts over seven innings.
Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar each recorded an RBI for the
Royals, who have scored just eight runs in four games -- all losses -- against
the A's this season.
"Really couldn't get anything going the first eight innings," Royals manager
Ned Yost admitted. "Finally put together an attack there in the ninth inning
but by then the game was kind of out of hand a little bit."
Milone took a six-run lead into the final frame with his first career shutout
just in reach until he ran into some trouble for the first time of the night.
After recording the first out, David Lough and Escobar hit consecutive doubles
to put Kansas City's first run on the board. Hosmer followed with an RBI
single to center to score Escobar. Billy Butler chased Milone from the mound
with a single. Perez welcomed Balfour with a single to plate Hosmer and bring
the tying run to the plate. Balfour was able to get the next two batters to
ground out to secure the victory.
Oakland opened the scoring in the third after Eric Sogard slapped a ball that
dropped in front of left fielder Lough, whose throw to the plate was off
target which allowed Reddick to score. Reddick doubled with one out to get on
The A's added two more in the fifth when Reddick stroked a triple into the
right-field gap to plate John Jaso. Reddick scored two batters later on a
Crisp sacrifice fly to left.
With what seemed to be insurance runs at the time, Oakland's three runs in the
ninth turned out to be the difference.
Brandon Moss singled, then stole second to begin the ninth. Jaso singled to
right to put runners on the corner with one out. Reddick hit a routine
sacrifice fly to left fielder Lorenzo Cain, who misjudged the ball and went
right past his glove to allow Moss to score. Crisp's single up the middle
scored two to make it 6-0.
Butler has reached base safely in 32 consecutive games with a single in
the ninth ... Oakland has a 35-18 record in night games, which is the best
mark in the majors ... The A's finished 3-for-8 with runners in scoring
position, while Kansas City went 3-for-5 ... Oakland is now a season-high 15
games above .500 ... The A's have clinched a winning record before the All-
Star Break for the first time since 2008.