Oakland at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: A. Burgos (3-5) L: H. Street (4-4)
S: J. Nelson (2)
HR: OAK - F. Thomas (26)   KC - None

Royals complete doubleheader sweep of Athletics

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals cooled off the Oakland Athletics rather quickly.

Mike Sweeney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a four-run eighth inning, and the Royals beat the A's 5-3 Friday night to complete a doubleheader sweep.

The A's had just three hits in the second game and nine in the doubleheader.

"You're not going to win many games with three hits," Oakland manager Ken Macha said.

Coming in, the Athletics had won six straight, 13 of 14 and 17 of 20, but their AL West lead over the second-place Los Angeles Angels was cut from six games to 4½. Oakland had won 12 in a row at Kansas City since May 30, 2003, outscoring the Royals 95-30 in that span.

"They've been playing very well," Macha said. "They hustled their tails off. There are no easy wins in this league. They've got some power arms out there, and we just didn't swing the bats."

The Royals last swept a doubleheader Sept. 20, 2005, when they hosted Detroit. Oakland played its first doubleheader since June 8, 2003, when it was swept at Philadelphia.

"We got the job done against one of the hottest teams in baseball," Sweeney said. "We want the people in Kansas City to start seeing blue. We're glad we came through against Huston in the eighth. He's one of the best closers in baseball."

Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer in the eighth off Ambiorix Burgos (3-5) for a 3-1 lead. Thomas' 26th homer this season gave him 1,537 RBIs, tying Joe DiMaggio for 39th place.

Andres Blanco and David DeJesus singled off Justin Duchscherer in the bottom half, and Esteban German hit a run-scoring grounder.

Huston Street relieved, Mark Teahen singled and Sweeney doubled to left, taking third on the throw home. Emil Brown followed with a sacrifice fly off Street, who blew a save for the eighth time in 37 opportunities. Street (4-4) left the game with a strained right groin, and the A's said he was day to day.

"He just got more sore as time went on," Oakland trainer Larry Davis said. "He felt it earlier, and he kept on pitching."

Joe Nelson pitched the ninth for his second save in as many chances. Kansas City starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up two hits and four walks in five innings.

Oakland starter Esteban Loaiza gave up five hits and an unearned run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking none. He allowed his only run when shortstop Marco Scutaro bobbled Reggie Sanders' two-out grounder in the seventh and threw low to first as Teahen scored.

"E-Lo pitched a whale of a ballgame," Macha said. "He had good fastball, located well. He had one jam there and should have been out of that, except for a misplay in the field."

Jay Payton had hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

"We got their starter out of there with the bases loaded and nobody out," Macha said. "They brought in their former closer and he threw the ball very well. Actually it was a pretty darned good at-bat by Payton to get the one run in."


  • Kansas City played its 200th doubleheader, its second in seven days.
  • David DeJesus was hit by a pitch leading off the first inning. It was the 10th time this season he has been hit, which tied him for fourth in the AL.
  • Kansas City was 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position after going 7-for-40 in its previous four games.
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Mike Sweeney hits a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth for Kansas City.  (AP)
Mike Sweeney hits a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth for Kansas City. (AP)

Players of the Game

F. Thomas
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
Kansas City

M. Teahen
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0

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Jason Kendall, C4120000 .281
Nick Swisher, 1B3000111 .252
Milton Bradley, RF2100211 .271
Frank Thomas, DH4112004 .262
Jay Payton, CF-LF3001000 .286
Bobby Kielty, LF2000122 .263
    Mark Kotsay, CF1000010 .267
Marco Scutaro, SS4000001 .241
Mark Ellis, 2B3000110 .220
Antonio Perez, 3B3000022 .091
    Eric Chavez, 3B0000000 .240
HR - Frank Thomas (26, Burgos)
SF - Jay Payton (3)
RBI - Frank Thomas 2 (72), Jay Payton (45)
2-OUT RBI - Frank Thomas 2 (38)
Team LOB - 5
DP - Scutaro-Ellis-Swisher
E - Esteban Loaiza (1, ), Marco Scutaro (12, )
Oakland Athletics
Esteban Loaiza 6.2510070 5.58
Justin Duchscherer 0.2222000 3.38
Huston Street (BS,8; L,4-4) 0.1222000 3.22
Chad Gaudin 0.1100010 2.96
WP - Esteban Loaiza (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Esteban Loaiza 110-75, Justin Duchscherer 16-14, Huston Street 10-7, Chad Gaudin 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esteban Loaiza 8-5, Justin Duchscherer 2-0
Batters Faced - Esteban Loaiza 25, Justin Duchscherer 4, Huston Street 3, Chad Gaudin 2
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4010010 .299
Esteban German, 2B4101000 .318
    Mark Grudzielanek, 2B0000000 .293
Mark Teahen, 3B4230010 .288
Mike Sweeney, DH4012002 .209
    Joey Gathright, PR-DH0100000 .221
Emil Brown, LF3011012 .289
Reggie Sanders, RF4020012 .248
Ryan Shealy, 1B4010023 .272
John Buck, C3000022 .238
Andres Blanco, SS3110000 .250
2B - Mark Teahen (19, Loaiza), Mike Sweeney (7, Street), Reggie Sanders 2 (22, Loaiza, Gaudin)
SF - Emil Brown (9)
RBI - Esteban German (16), Mike Sweeney 2 (10), Emil Brown (66)
CS - Reggie Sanders (7, 3rd base by Loaiza/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
E - David DeJesus (3, )
Kansas City Royals
Jorge De La Rosa 5211430 7.58
Ambiorix Burgos (W,3-5) 3122141 5.67
Joe Nelson (S,2) 1000010 2.79
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 90-48, Ambiorix Burgos 45-30, Joe Nelson 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 6-6, Ambiorix Burgos 2-3, Joe Nelson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 21, Ambiorix Burgos 11, Joe Nelson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 23952
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Lance Barksdale