Oakland at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: Z. Greinke (11-7) L: C. Mortensen (0-1)
HR: OAK - T. Everidge (1), M. Ellis (5)   KC - M. Jacobs (15), M. Olivo (15)

Royals 12, Athletics 6

CBSSports.com wire reports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zack Greinke's statistics say he's been dominant all season. His lack of wins against the American League over the past couple of months tells a different story.

Greinke earned his first win over an American League club since May 26, Mike Jacobs and Billy Butler each had three hits and drove in three runs and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 12-6 on Saturday night.

Greinke was 0-5 and the Royals were winless in his previous nine starts against AL teams before going seven innings and allowing three runs on seven hits for his first victory since June 28 at Pittsburgh. He struck out five and ranks second in the AL with 167. He league-leading ERA rose to 2.43.

"I know that's all that matters, but I don't focus a whole lot on wins cause you can't really control them completely," Greinke said. "Just like today, I pitched terrible and we won. Winning today really wasn't me, it was everyone. When we got a couple of runs lead, it makes it a lot easier to pitch, so you can attack guys. You're just a little more free out there."

 A's put lefty Braden on DL

Butler had three doubles and every Royals starter had at least one hit and scored a run. Jacobs and Miguel Olivo hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fourth.

Greinke gave up all of his runs in the second and after that the A's had just three hits and no runner made it past second base off him over the next five innings.

"I pitched terrible the second inning," Greinke said. "The rest of the way there were still some line drives hit and it was a solid played game behind me and that helped out."

Greinke threw 46 pitches in the first two innings.

"We had him where we wanted," A's manager Bob Geren said. "His pitch count was way up and we were getting good swings. Then he started hitting his spots. When they went ahead I'm sure it gave him a lot of extra life. When they got him a lot of runs, he just cruised."

A's right-hander Clayton Mortensen (0-1), who was making his first big league start, gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings, after striking out five of the first eight batters he faced.

"Adrenalin was a big part, for sure," Mortensen said. "My slider was the only good pitch I could throw for a strike, which is a negative because you don't really want to show them that pitch too much early on. I never could get a good feel for my fastball and I fell behind in a lot of counts, which, with these guys, is setting yourself up for disaster. It's all kind of a blur."

Jacobs homered into the right-field fountains with Alberto Callaspo aboard in the four-run fourth. Olivo homered to center four pitches later. The two share the club lead with 15 home runs. It was the fourth time this year the Royals have hit consecutive home runs. Jacobs also had an RBI single in the eighth and is 7 for 11 in his past four games.

"Back-to-back home runs are always exciting," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "It's been pretty exciting to see the good adjustments Jacobs has made. If he's hitting, it gives us a chance to drive the ball and score more runs."

David DeJesus' sacrifice fly scored Alex Gordon with the other run in the fourth. DeJesus also contributed an RBI double in the third and scored on Butler's sacrifice fly.

The Royals chased Mortensen, who was acquired July 24 from St. Louis as part of the Matt Holliday trade, in the fifth. Edgar Gonzalez replaced Mortensen after Butler led off the inning with a double and Mark Teahen had a bunt single. Callaspo had an RBI single and Teahen scored on a wild pitch.

Butler also added RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings. His three doubles give him 36, tied for second in the AL.

Ellis and Tommy Everidge homered in a three-run ninth off Joakim Soria. It was the second time in his career Soria had allowed two homers in a game.


  • RHP Gil Meche, who is one of six Royals on the disabled list, threw 85 pitches in five innings Saturday in a minor league rehab start with Triple-A Omaha against Las Vegas. He allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out two.
  • The A's placed LHP Dallas Braden on the disabled list with a left foot rash and recalled OF Aaron Cunningham, who was hitting .300 in 65 games with Triple-A Sacramento.
Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
Kansas City

M. Jacobs
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

Related Video

Oakland Athletics
Adam Kennedy, 3B5021011 .285
Rajai Davis, CF4011112 .288
Scott Hairston, LF3000013 .281
    Aaron Cunningham, LF2000011 .146
Jack Cust, DH3000111 .230
Kurt Suzuki, C3120000 .279
   a- Landon Powell, PH-C1000001 .253
Tommy Everidge, 1B3221101 .295
Ryan Sweeney, RF4110002 .268
Mark Ellis, 2B4123000 .251
Cliff Pennington, SS4110012 .323
a-lined out for Suzuki in the 8th
2B - Adam Kennedy (19, Greinke)
HR - Tommy Everidge (1, Soria), Mark Ellis (5, Soria)
RBI - Adam Kennedy (44), Rajai Davis (25), Tommy Everidge (6), Mark Ellis 3 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Rajai Davis (17)
SB - Adam Kennedy (13, 2nd base off Greinke/Olivo)
Team LOB - 6
Oakland Athletics
Clayton Mortensen (L,0-1) 4888352 12.86
Edgar Gonzalez 3.2944020 5.16
Brad Ziegler 0.1000000 2.88
WP - Edgar Gonzalez (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Mortensen 95-54, Edgar Gonzalez 82-53, Brad Ziegler 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Mortensen 1-5, Edgar Gonzalez 3-6, Brad Ziegler 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Mortensen 22, Edgar Gonzalez 20, Brad Ziegler 1
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, LF3112000 .263
   a- Mitch Maier, PH-CF1110000 .229
Willie Bloomquist, CF-RF5110012 .260
Billy Butler, 1B4233010 .300
Mark Teahen, RF3110111 .283
    Josh Anderson, RF-LF1110000 .246
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4132100 .302
Mike Jacobs, DH5133012 .231
Miguel Olivo, C5111015 .240
Alex Gordon, 3B3100124 .211
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4120000 .236
a-doubled for DeJesus in the 8th
2B - David DeJesus (22, Mortensen), Mitch Maier (10, E. Gonzalez), Billy Butler 3 (36, Mortensen, E. Gonzalez, E. Gonzalez), Mike Jacobs (12, E. Gonzalez)
HR - Mike Jacobs (15, Mortensen), Miguel Olivo (15, Mortensen)
SF - David DeJesus (3), Billy Butler (3)
RBI - David DeJesus 2 (53), Billy Butler 3 (57), Alberto Callaspo 2 (44), Mike Jacobs 3 (38), Miguel Olivo (39)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (21), Alberto Callaspo (22), Mike Jacobs (12)
SB - Alex Gordon (4, 2nd base off Mortensen/Suzuki)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (2, 2nd base by Mortensen/Suzuki)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Callaspo-Betancourt-Butler, Butler
Kansas City Royals
Zack Greinke (W,11-7) 7733250 2.43
Jamey Wright 1000100 5.03
Joakim Soria 1433012 2.48
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 115-67, Jamey Wright 12-4, Joakim Soria 30-20
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 6-9, Jamey Wright 1-1, Joakim Soria 1-1
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 29, Jamey Wright 3, Joakim Soria 7
Game Information
Attendance - 29818
Game Time - 3:24
Temperature - 95
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Tim Timmons