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Guthrie, Royals beat A's 1-0
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Raul Ibanez hit a solo homer, Jeremy Guthrie tossed six shutout innings and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 1-0, in the opener of a three-game series.
Guthrie (7-9) gave up three hits while striking out six and walking two for the Royals, who have won three in a row. Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland each pitched a scoreless inning out of the bullpen.
Oakland starter Sonny Gray (12-4) took the hard-luck loss after allowing one run on thee hits with seven strikeouts over seven innings. The right-hander saw his six-game winning streak come to an end.
The Athletics solidified possibly the best rotation in baseball by adding Jon Lester hours before Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline. Lester is scheduled to start Saturday's game.
Oakland, which owns the best record in baseball at 66-42, had already bolstered its rotation with the early July acquisitions of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but general manager Billy Beane felt you could never have enough pitching and obtained Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes from the Red Sox for power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.
The A's, meanwhile, hold a one-game edge over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the AL West.
08/02 00:43:44 ET