Oakland at Kansas City

Kansas City
W: A. Crow (6-1) L: J. Samardzija (5-9) S: G. Holland (36)
HR: OAK - None   KC - None

Surging Royals rally past A's for 7-3 win


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Royals didn't let Jarrod Dyson's defensive miscue slow them down on Thursday.

Dyson drove in the tying run in a five-run seventh, while Nori Aoki and Billy Butler each drove in two runs and the surging Kansas City Royals rallied to defeat the Oakland Athletics 7-3.

The Royals have won 18 of 22 to move 12 games above .500 for the first time since July 20, 2003.

Dyson lost Josh Reddick's fly ball in the sun in the sixth that gave Oakland two runs.

''I feel pretty good after redeeming myself,'' Dyson said. ''I lost the ball in the sun, so I had to make up for it, pick the team up and pick myself up. It was redeem myself or walk off the field. Which one?''

The Royals took the season series, winning five of seven against the Athletics, who have the best record in the majors.

''We feel pretty good ourselves,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''I think every (starting) pitcher we faced on this homestand has been an All-Star and to take six out of seven is pretty good. I'm happy with where we're at.''

Aoki's two-run triple put the Royals ahead 5-3. Butler's single scored Aoki and Alcides Escobar. Dyson fouled off four consecutive pitches before hitting an RBI single to right for the first run of the inning.

Right-hander Jeff Samardzija (3-2) took the loss, giving up four runs, three earned, and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings.

''It happened quick,'' Melvin said of Samardzjia's giving up two hits in the seventh.

''Pitch-count wise, he was great. He had good life on his splitter and his fastball was great.''

He left with a 3-2 lead, but Ryan Cook failed to hold it, facing three batters and all scored. Cook's streak of 21 consecutive scoreless innings ended.

''They're capitalizing on mistakes right now,'' Cook said. ''That's what a good ballclub does. I think we do that. They're a good ballclub that's also hot.''

Aaron Crow (6-1), the third of six Kansas City pitchers, picked up the victory, retiring the only batter he faced.

Starter James Shields gave up three runs and seven hits in six innings and has a 1.94 ERA in his past eight starts. Greg Holland earned the final two outs for his 36th save in 38 opportunities.

The A's scored two runs in the sixth when Dyson lost Josh Reddick's high fly in the sun for a triple, which scored Stephen Vogt.

''I felt real bad cause we had the lead and they came back and snatched the lead from us,'' Dyson said.

Alberto Callaspo drove in two Oakland runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.


Athletics: RHP Jason Hammel will start the opener of a weekend series at Atlanta. The A's last played at Atlanta in 2008, losing two of three.

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy will start Friday at Minnesota, where the Royals have lost four of six this season. The Royals play their next nine on the road, all against clubs in last place in their division - Minnesota, Colorado and Texas.


Athletics: SS Jed Lowrie was placed on the disabled list after the game with a broken right index finger. Lowrie, who injured it Aug. 4, returned to San Francisco to have his finger checked further.

Royals: 1B Eric Hosmer's MRI of his broken finger showed progress, but he still will not be allowed to swing a bat for at least another week.


Royals IF Christian Colon had his second three-hit game, including a double, stole his first base in the majors and scored a run. He is hitting .444 in five career starts.


The A's recalled IF Andy Parrino from Triple-A Sacramento, where he was hitting .286 with 28 extra-base hits and 52 RBIs in 90 games.

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Players of the Game

S. Vogt
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
Kansas City

C. Colon
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0

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Coco Crisp, DH5010000.259.361.392
John Jaso, C2000100.265.341.425
   a-Derek Norris, PH-C2000012.283.378.453
Josh Donaldson, 3B4000131.253.340.472
Brandon Moss, LF5120024.256.341.480
Stephen Vogt, 1B4130001.325.356.495
Josh Reddick, RF4121013.260.311.431
Alberto Callaspo, 2B3012013.232.301.300
Sam Fuld, CF4010012.260.344.347
Eric Sogard, SS4010002.213.298.265
Jeff Samardzija, P0000000.176.167.265
   Ryan Cook, P0000000.000.000.000
   Fernando Abad, P0000000.000.000.000
   Luke Gregerson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Sean Doolittle, P0000000.000.000.000
a-struck out for Jaso in the 7th
2B - Josh Reddick (11, Shields)
3B - Josh Reddick (5, Shields)
SF - Alberto Callaspo (5)
RBI - Josh Reddick (35), Alberto Callaspo 2 (36)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Reddick (15), Alberto Callaspo (9)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Vogt-Sogard
E - Alberto Callaspo (8, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Jeff Samardzija (L,5-9) 6.1843050 2.96
Ryan Cook (BS,1) 0233100 2.95
Fernando Abad 0.1000010 1.75
Luke Gregerson 0.1100010 2.25
Sean Doolittle 1100010 2.39
WP - Jeff Samardzija (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 90-64, Ryan Cook 11-7, Fernando Abad 5-3, Luke Gregerson 4-4, Sean Doolittle 22-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 6-7
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 26, Ryan Cook 3, Fernando Abad 1, Luke Gregerson 2, Sean Doolittle 4
Kansas City Royals
Norichika Aoki, RF4112012.272.342.346
   Salvador Perez, C0000000.267.306.413
Alcides Escobar, SS3100111.275.311.366
Alex Gordon, LF4110012.278.352.431
Billy Butler, 1B4022000.277.324.386
Josh Willingham, DH4000023.209.343.397
Mike Moustakas, 3B4011010.199.261.386
Erik Kratz, C3120011.217.242.348
   Lorenzo Cain, PR-RF1110000.299.338.410
Christian Colon, 2B4130001.385.385.615
Jarrod Dyson, CF3112012.286.333.342
James Shields, P0000000.400.400.600
   Francisley Bueno, P0000000.000.000.000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000.000.000.000
   Wade Davis, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jason Frasor, P0000000.000.000.000
   Greg Holland, P0000000.000.000.000
2B - Christian Colon (4, Samardzija)
3B - Norichika Aoki (4, Cook)
SF - Jarrod Dyson (2)
RBI - Norichika Aoki 2 (28), Billy Butler 2 (50), Mike Moustakas (48), Jarrod Dyson 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Billy Butler 2 (14), Mike Moustakas (21)
SB - Alex Gordon (8, 3rd base off Samardzija/Jaso), Lorenzo Cain (17, 2nd base off Doolittle/Norris), Christian Colon (1, 2nd base off Samardzija/Jaso)
Team LOB - 5
Kansas City Royals
James Shields 6733150 3.29
Francisley Bueno 0.2000000 2.52
Aaron Crow (W,6-1) 0.1000010 3.02
Wade Davis 1200030 0.86
Jason Frasor 0.1200000 2.75
Greg Holland (S,36) 0.2000100 1.71
WP - James Shields (8)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 111-73, Francisley Bueno 3-3, Aaron Crow 3-3, Wade Davis 19-13, Jason Frasor 8-6, Greg Holland 7-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 8-5, Francisley Bueno 1-1, Jason Frasor 1-0
Batters Faced - James Shields 26, Francisley Bueno 2, Aaron Crow 1, Wade Davis 5, Jason Frasor 3, Greg Holland 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20569
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Eric Cooper, Third Base - Tom Hallion