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A's beat Royals, walk-off in 12th

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nothing new for Jonny Gomes getting hit by a pitch to win a game in extra innings. Strangely, it happened to him just last season when he was plunked by Brad Lidge to hand the Washington Nationals a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

"Been there, done that," Gomes quipped.

Jonathan Broxton got Gomes this time, hitting him on the first pitch he threw with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and forcing Jemile Weeks home for the winning run in the Oakland Athletics' 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Moments earlier, Broxton (0-1) plunked new A's cleanup hitter Yoenis Cespedes on the first pitch to load the bases and the closer received a mound visit from pitching coach Dave Eiland.

"I wasn't very good today, with the walks and everything else. It started out good but I just didn't have it," Broxton said. "One was a sinker and one was a four-seam fastball."

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It marked the third time the A's won on a game-ending hit by pitch in Oakland history and first since Olmedo Saenz on July 20, 2002, against Texas.

"You can hit me four times if we win," said Gomes, nearly hit earlier on a heater from Kelvin Herrera. "We have to write that down and keep it in the back of our minds because 98 mph could end your season."

Coco Crisp's RBI groundout earlier in the 12th tied it at 4 after Billy Butler doubled home the go-ahead run in top half of the inning against Andrew Carignan (1-1).

A day after rain shortened the Royals' 3-0 win following seven-plus innings, fans got their share of baseball in the finale.

Cespedes already has been hit three times, and his teammates are taking notice. While Cespedes didn't think Broxton intentionally fired at him -- "Everybody could see he was wild" -- he was glad to hear starter Brandon McCarthy had spoken up on his behalf and that the pitchers would consider retaliation if it comes to that point.

Kansas City heads home for the first time since the start of spring training in mid-February at 3-3, but without the same momentum it would have had with a second winning road series after taking two of three at Los Angeles.

Oakland closer Grant Balfour pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th. He allowed Alcides Escobar's leadoff single in the 10th and a two-out walk to Jeff Francoeur on four pitches before striking out Mike Moustakas.

The A's now head out for their first real road trip - a seven-gamer -- considering the two matchups with the Mariners in Tokyo two weeks ago counted as Oakland home games. They get Seattle ace Felix Hernandez for the third time Friday at Safeco Field.

Kansas City's Alex Gordon hit a tying home run off Brian Fuentes in the seventh.

Jose Mijares hit Josh Reddick with a breaking ball in the right shoulder area leading off the eighth, and the ball ricocheted into Reddick's neck and jaw as he tried to raise his arm to protect himself. He went down for a couple of minutes before leaving the game. Crisp came in to run and Greg Holland relieved Mijares, but the A's couldn't capitalize.

Reddick briefly had spotty vision and was put through concussion tests as a precaution but he expects to play Friday.

"That last inning was kind of weird," Reddick said. "You don't really see a game ending like that."

Gomes hit a two-run homer in the fourth to put the A's ahead and McCarthy in position for his first victory of the season before Fuentes gave it up.

Cespedes doubled, swiped third for his first steal and scored on catcher Brayan Pena's throwing error to make it 1-0 in the second. Pena threw wildly into left field trying to get Cespedes at third on his steal.

Cespedes hit his first career single in the 11th after his initial five hits went for extra bases. The Cuban rookie wrapped up his first homestand 4 for 16 with two home runs and eight strikeouts.

Gordon also singled in a run in the third for the Royals, who squandered a chance when they left the bases loaded in the fifth.

McCarthy allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Oakland's opening-day starter also struck out four and walked two in his third appearance in the team's first seven games.

The lanky right-hander retired his first seven batters and looked more in sync than he did in going only five innings his last time out, a 7-3 loss to Seattle in the A's home opener last Friday.

Notes

  • A's SS Cliff Pennington fouled a ball off the inside of his left kneecap in the fifth and left the game. He expects to be fine for Friday's game at Seattle.
  • The Royals will work out Thursday afternoon at Kauffman Stadium before Luke Hochevar starts Friday against the Indians' Derek Lowe.
  • A's LHP Brett Anderson felt fine a day after throwing his 45-pitch bullpen session. "Any time my arm feels good it's a positive," Anderson said. He was set to travel to Arizona to resume his rehab from reconstructive elbow surgery, with the hope of beginning the process of pitching to live hitters in the next week or two. "He's doing beautifully," manager Bob Melvin said, noting when Anderson returns, "We'll look at that one almost like a midseason trade."
  • The A's are offering free comp tickets for a field-level seat to another game for fans who attended Tuesday's rainy game.
 
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Oakland celebrates after Kansas City hits a batter with bases loaded in the 12th inning. (AP)
Oakland celebrates after Kansas City hits a batter with bases loaded in the 12th inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

B. Butler
AB 6
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

Y. Cespedes
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Alex Gordon, LF5122100 .091
Alcides Escobar, SS6010013 .217
Eric Hosmer, 1B5110112 .200
Billy Butler, DH6122025 .292
Jeff Francoeur, RF5010101 .333
Mike Moustakas, 3B5010023 .158
Mitch Maier, CF4000002 .167
   a- Jason Bourgeois, PH-CF1000000 .250
Brayan Pena, C5110011 .182
Chris Getz, 2B4010011 .267
   b- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH-2B1000000 .300
Totals47410438  
a-popped out for Maier in the 11th
b-fouled out for Getz in the 11th
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (3, Carignan), Jeff Francoeur (2, McCarthy), Brayan Pena (1, McCarthy)
HR - Alex Gordon (1, Fuentes), Billy Butler (2, McCarthy)
RBI - Alex Gordon 2 (2), Billy Butler 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Gordon (1), Billy Butler (1)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Alcides Escobar (1, Misplayed grounder), Brayan Pena (1, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Bruce Chen 5432231 1.64
Kelvin Herrera 1000110 3.86
Jose Mijares 1100000 0.00
Greg Holland 2000030 4.91
Tim Collins 2100040 0.00
Jonathan Broxton (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.2020210 3.38
HBP - Reddick (by Jose Mijares), Cespedes (by Jonathan Broxton), Gomes (by Jonathan Broxton)
Pitches-Strikes - Bruce Chen 102-70, Kelvin Herrera 13-8, Jose Mijares 22-14, Greg Holland 20-13, Tim Collins 26-17, Jonathan Broxton 24-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bruce Chen 3-9, Kelvin Herrera 2-0, Jose Mijares 1-2, Greg Holland 2-1, Jonathan Broxton 2-0
Batters Faced - Bruce Chen 21, Kelvin Herrera 4, Jose Mijares 5, Greg Holland 6, Tim Collins 7, Jonathan Broxton 7
Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jemile Weeks, 2B5110113 .200
Cliff Pennington, SS3000013 .167
    Eric Sogard, SS2000111 .100
Josh Reddick, RF3000003 .227
    Coco Crisp, PR-LF2001000 .192
Yoenis Cespedes, CF4220111 .273
Jonny Gomes, DH4113123 .154
Kurt Suzuki, C5000013 .200
Josh Donaldson, 3B5000032 .111
Daric Barton, 1B5020010 .200
Collin Cowgill, LF-RF3000111 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1100000 .364
Totals42564512  
a-grounded out for Cowgill in the 12th
Batting
2B - Jemile Weeks (1, Chen), Yoenis Cespedes (2, Chen), Daric Barton (1, Chen)
HR - Jonny Gomes (2, Chen)
RBI - Coco Crisp (1), Jonny Gomes 3 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (2)
SB - Yoenis Cespedes (1, off Chen/B. Pena), Jonny Gomes (1, 2nd base off Herrera/B. Pena)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Jemile Weeks (1, Dropped fly)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon McCarthy 6622241 2.50
Brian Fuentes (BS,1) 0.2111011 3.38
Ryan Cook 1.1000000 0.00
Grant Balfour 2100120 0.00
Jordan Norberto 1.2111010 10.13
Andrew Carignan (W,1-1) 0.1100000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon McCarthy 102-67, Brian Fuentes 12-9, Ryan Cook 16-12, Grant Balfour 31-19, Jordan Norberto 22-15, Andrew Carignan 7-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon McCarthy 8-6, Ryan Cook 2-2, Grant Balfour 1-3, Jordan Norberto 2-2
Batters Faced - Brandon McCarthy 26, Brian Fuentes 4, Ryan Cook 4, Grant Balfour 8, Jordan Norberto 6, Andrew Carignan 2
Game Information
Attendance - 12390
Game Time - 4:10
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - James Hoye, Third Base - Jim Joyce