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Lester leads Athletics past Royals, 11-3

By ALAN ESKEW
Associated Press
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Oakland Athletics' combination of Jon Lester and Josh Donaldson was too much for the Kansas City Royals.

Lester pitched six strong innings and Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs as the Athletics won 11-3 Tuesday night, snapping the Royals' eight-game winning streak.

Lester (13-7) has won all three of his starts since joining the A's in a trade from Boston in a deadline deal on July 31 that sent All-Star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the Red Sox. Lester struck out nine and allowed three runs on six hits and two walks.

The timing of the trade was bad for the Royals, having to face Lester twice in 10 days.

''I'd rather face Cespedes four times in a game than face Lester one game,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''That's just me. That's not taking anything away from Cespedes. He can beat you with one swing of the bat.''

The Royals have won 11 of 13, with both losses coming against Lester - who improved to 9-3 with a 1.84 ERA in 13 career starts against Kansas City.

Donaldson homered in the seventh and eighth off left-hander Bruce Chen for his third multi-homer game of the season. He also added an RBI double in the first and a sacrifice fly in the fifth.

''It helps when you have contributors up and down the lineup,'' Donaldson said. ''We believe that it's going to happen more times than not. We had some balls that were hit hard for outs, and then we had a lot of balls that fell in for us tonight.''

Brandon Moss had four hits, matching his career high, as the A's finished with a season-high 20 hits.

''He looked like Wade Boggs up there,'' A's manager Bob Melvin said.

Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) allowed six runs on 11 hits in 4 2-3 innings.

''Obviously, we would have loved to gone out there and had a better performance from myself and the pitchers to keep us in the game,'' Guthrie said. ''We play 162 of these and you take them for what it's worth. They strung together a bunch of hits and they had a tough pitcher and won the game.''

Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain doubled in the Royals' three-run fifth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: SS Jed Lowrie has a fractured right index finger, which was detected by a MRI Tuesday. He injured it Aug. 4 and it was originally believed to be a bruise as an X-ray showed no break. Lowrie, who played four days with it, is hopeful he can avoid the disabled list, but may need extra days off.

Royals: LHP Scott Downs went on the DL with a stiff neck.

ON DECK

Athletics: LHP Scott Kazmir goes Wednesday. He has held opposing batters to a major league best .071 average with runners in scoring position and two out.

Royals: LHP Jason Vargas has not walked a batter at home in 26 1-3 innings since an intentional pass to Yadier Molina on June 4.

OUT OF A SLUMP

Moss was in a 5-for-46 skid before collecting four hits against the Royals. Moss has four RBIs in the first two games of this series after driving in just one run in his previous 14 games.

COOKING UP ZEROES

A's reliever Ryan Cook tossed a perfect seventh to extend his scoreless streak to 20 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.

BEHIND EARLY

When the A's scored in the first inning, it was the first time in 44 innings the Royals had trailed. The A's are 48-11 when scoring first. The A's 20 hits were a season-high against Kansas City pitching.

 
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Players of the Game
Oakland

J. Donaldson
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Kansas City

N. Aoki
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Sam Fuld, CF5230001.265.351.355
John Jaso, DH4220012.267.341.428
   a-Jonny Gomes, PH-DH0001000.236.328.350
Josh Donaldson, 3B4334002.255.341.475
Brandon Moss, LF5042010.254.341.481
Derek Norris, C5000035.288.384.462
Stephen Vogt, 1B5121000.316.348.489
Josh Reddick, RF5130002.259.312.424
Alberto Callaspo, 2B5120010.234.304.302
Eric Sogard, SS5112001.213.299.266
Jon Lester, P0000000.000.000.000
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dan Otero, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals4311201006    
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Jaso in the 8th
Batting
2B - Brandon Moss (19, Guthrie), Alberto Callaspo (13, Chen)
HR - Josh Donaldson 2 (25, Chen)
SF - Jonny Gomes (6), Josh Donaldson (4)
RBI - Jonny Gomes (35), Josh Donaldson 4 (84), Brandon Moss 2 (76), Stephen Vogt (29), Eric Sogard 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Donaldson 2 (28), Brandon Moss (33), Stephen Vogt (11)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Donaldson-Callaspo-Vogt
E - Eric Sogard (5, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jon Lester (W,13-7) 6633290 2.51
Ryan Cook 1000020 2.27
Dan Otero 2100010 2.38
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 99-69, Ryan Cook 14-10, Dan Otero 26-21
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 4-4, Dan Otero 5-0
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 25, Ryan Cook 3, Dan Otero 7
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Norichika Aoki, RF4121010.269.340.338
Omar Infante, 2B3000012.257.295.352
   a-Christian Colon, PH-2B1000000.316.316.579
Salvador Perez, C2011101.269.308.416
   b-Erik Kratz, PH-C1000000.202.228.337
Billy Butler, 1B4010022.275.323.386
Alex Gordon, LF3010020.280.356.436
   c-Raul Ibanez, PH-LF1000001.164.252.292
Josh Willingham, DH4010021.211.344.404
Mike Moustakas, 3B3100121.199.261.388
Lorenzo Cain, CF4110021.300.339.412
Alcides Escobar, SS2001000.279.314.371
Jeremy Guthrie, P0000000.000.167.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Bruce Chen, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals32373212    
a-grounded out for Infante in the 8th
b-grounded out for Perez in the 8th
c-grounded out for Gordon in the 8th
Batting
2B - Salvador Perez (19, Lester), Josh Willingham (6, Lester), Lorenzo Cain (22, Lester)
SF - Alcides Escobar (3)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (26), Salvador Perez (49), Alcides Escobar (37)
2-OUT RBI - Salvador Perez (14)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Lorenzo Cain 1
DP - Infante-Escobar-Butler, Infante-Escobar-Butler-Escobar-Butler
E - Alcides Escobar (11, Throwing)
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Guthrie (L,8-10) 4.21164040 4.45
Aaron Crow 0.1000000 3.04
Bruce Chen 4955022 6.56
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Guthrie 89-59, Aaron Crow 1-1, Bruce Chen 58-43
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Guthrie 5-4, Bruce Chen 3-6
Batters Faced - Jeremy Guthrie 24, Aaron Crow 1, Bruce Chen 20
Game Information
Attendance - 27161
Game Time - 2:49
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Hal Gibson, Third Base - Chris Guccione