Soler home run leads Royals over A's 5-4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Tim Hill was happy to gain his first major league victory. The 28-year-old rookie left-hander could have done without his first blown save chance.

Jorge Soler hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, and the Kansas Royals bounced back after wasting a four-run lead to defeat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 on Saturday for their third win in four games.

''I was kind of upset I gave up a run, and I kind of felt like I didn't do my job,'' Hill said.

Hill (1-1) entered with a 4-3 lead and allowed Chad Pinder's tying single in the eighth. Soler hit his ninth home run on a curveball from Yusmeiro Petit (2-2) with an 0-2 count in the bottom half.

''I was just trying to make contact and make sure I didn't strike out,'' Soler said through a translator. ''Every time I hit the ball like with one hand, I'm always running hard. I was making the turn at first base and looked up and saw everybody had just stopped. I figured out it was a home run.''

Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.

Kansas City built a 4-0 lead on Salvador Perez's two-run double in the first and a two-run second helped by a replay reversal. Ryan Goins was called out at first by Cory Blaser when he tried to bunt for a single, then was ruled safe on a video review. Alcides Escobar tripled on the next pitch and scored on Jon Jay's double.

Oakland was coming off a 16-0 rout Friday.

''After yesterday's pummeling we gave them, I think they were coming out ready to swing the bats,'' A's catcher Bruce Maxwell said.

Oakland closed on RBI singles by Jed Lowrie in the third and Bruce Maxwell in the fourth, and Maxwell led off the seventh with his first home run since Sept. 2.

Maxwell's drive chased Jason Hammel, who allowed three runs and seven hits.

''Hammel should have got the win,'' Hill said.

Hammel had won his previous two outings after going 0-5 in his first nine starts.

''Today a good effort overall, not my best, but they can't all be pretty,'' Hammel said.

Cahill, who pitched for the Royals last season, gave up four runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He has not won since beating the Chicago White Sox on April 17 in his first appearance this season.

''It was just one of those days when I wasn't sharp,'' Cahill said. ''I just went out there and tried to get through it.''

ROSTER MOVE

Kansas City claimed OF Rosell Herrera off waivers from Cincinnati and optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. The 25-year-old hit .154 in 11 games this season for the Reds and .267 in 23 games with Triple-A Louisville.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Athletics: LF Matt Joyce (lower back tightness) left in the fifth inning. ... RHP Paul Blackburn (right forearm strain) is to make a minor league rehab start Tuesday for Triple-A Nashville. He has a limit of 75 pitches.

Royals: RHP Nate Karns (right elbow inflammation) was transferred to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

Oakland RHP Daniel Gossett (0-3, 6.05) and Kansas City RHP Jakob Junis (5-4, 3.61) are to start Sunday's series finale. Gossett is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts since returning May 23 from the minors. Junis leads the Royals with 62 strikeouts in 67 1/3 innings.

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123456789RHE
OAK30-29
001100110490
KC21-37
22000001X580
  • W: T. Hill (1-1)L: Y. Petit (2-2)S: K. Herrera (13)
  • HR: OAK - B. Maxwell (1), KC - J. Soler (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Semien SS51100011.267.318.383.7022.5
M. Joyce LF30000011.196.308.369.677-0.5
M. Canha LF-CF10000100.235.302.441.7431.0
J. Lowrie 2B50210011.297.363.485.8482.5
K. Davis DH30000002.233.309.487.7961.0
M. Olson 1B31100102.248.333.462.7953.0
M. Chapman 3B30100112.234.325.425.7501.5
D. Fowler CF30000003.204.267.426.6930.0
a- C. Pinder PH-LF10110000.248.320.434.7542.0
S. Piscotty RF41100003.232.288.359.6473.0
B. Maxwell C31221000.182.207.309.5168.0
b- J. Lucroy PH-C10000001.263.320.365.6850.0
  • a-singled for Fowler in the 8th
  • b-lined out for Maxwell in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay DH41210010.305.361.363.7244.5
W. Merrifield 1B31100021.296.375.431.8062.0
M. Moustakas 3B30100112.276.328.507.8351.5
S. Perez C30120011.245.293.470.7633.5
J. Soler RF31111123.273.367.485.8526.0
A. Gordon LF30000102.271.327.374.7021.0
A. Almonte CF40000021.211.257.337.594-1.0
R. Goins 2B31100011.266.293.354.6471.5
A. Escobar SS31110001.234.286.327.6135.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Semien (13), S. Piscotty (14)
    • HR - B. Maxwell
    • RBI - J. Lowrie (41), C. Pinder (13), B. Maxwell 2 (6)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie (18), B. Maxwell (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Jay (9), W. Merrifield (17), S. Perez (7)
    • 3B - A. Escobar (2)
    • HR - J. Soler (9)
    • RBI - J. Jay (16), S. Perez 2 (30), J. Soler (26), A. Escobar (15)
    • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (6), A. Escobar (8)
    BASERUNNING
    • CS - W. Merrifield (3), S. Perez
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Olson-Semien-Cahill)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (3)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    T. Cahill4.27442602.770.992.0
    E. Pagan0.10000103.801.410.5
    D. Coulombe1.00001205.031.323.0
    Y. Petit (L, 2-2)2.01110113.251.11-0.5
    PITCHERSIP
    T. Cahill4.2
    E. Pagan0.1
    D. Coulombe1.0
    Y. Petit (L, 2-2)2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Hammel6.07332315.171.4310.5
    K. McCarthy (H, 3)1.00001002.551.012.0
    T. Hill (W, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.02110002.951.207.0
    K. Herrera (S, 13)1.00000100.790.7110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Hammel6.0
    K. McCarthy (H, 3)1.0
    T. Hill (W, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
    K. Herrera (S, 13)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - T. Cahill (2), E. Pagan (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 93-54, E. Pagan 5-4, D. Coulombe 25-13, Y. Petit 21-16
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 5-0, Y. Petit 1-4
    • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 21, E. Pagan 2, D. Coulombe 4, Y. Petit 7
    PITCHING
    • HBP - J. Hammel (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 105-62, K. McCarthy 12-5, T. Hill 22-16, K. Herrera 12-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-9, K. McCarthy 1-2, T. Hill 2-1, K. Herrera 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 27, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 5, K. Herrera 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
    123456789RHE
    OAK30-29
    001100110490
    KC21-37
    22000001X580
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Semien SS51100011.267.318.383.7022.5
    M. Joyce LF30000011.196.308.369.677-0.5
    M. Canha LF-CF10000100.235.302.441.7431.0
    J. Lowrie 2B50210011.297.363.485.8482.5
    K. Davis DH30000002.233.309.487.7961.0
    M. Olson 1B31100102.248.333.462.7953.0
    M. Chapman 3B30100112.234.325.425.7501.5
    D. Fowler CF30000003.204.267.426.6930.0
    a- C. Pinder PH-LF10110000.248.320.434.7542.0
    S. Piscotty RF41100003.232.288.359.6473.0
    B. Maxwell C31221000.182.207.309.5168.0
    b- J. Lucroy PH-C10000001.263.320.365.6850.0
    Total3549413416-----
    HITTERSAB
    M. Semien SS5
    M. Joyce LF3
    M. Canha LF-CF1
    J. Lowrie 2B5
    K. Davis DH3
    M. Olson 1B3
    M. Chapman 3B3
    D. Fowler CF3
    a- C. Pinder PH-LF1
    S. Piscotty RF4
    B. Maxwell C3
    b- J. Lucroy PH-C1
    Total35
    • a-singled for Fowler in the 8th
    • b-lined out for Maxwell in the 8th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay DH41210010.305.361.363.7244.5
    W. Merrifield 1B31100021.296.375.431.8062.0
    M. Moustakas 3B30100112.276.328.507.8351.5
    S. Perez C30120011.245.293.470.7633.5
    J. Soler RF31111123.273.367.485.8526.0
    A. Gordon LF30000102.271.327.374.7021.0
    A. Almonte CF40000021.211.257.337.594-1.0
    R. Goins 2B31100011.266.293.354.6471.5
    A. Escobar SS31110001.234.286.327.6135.0
    Total29585131012-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Semien (13), S. Piscotty (14)
      • HR - B. Maxwell
      • RBI - J. Lowrie (41), C. Pinder (13), B. Maxwell 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Lowrie (18), B. Maxwell (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Jay (9), W. Merrifield (17), S. Perez (7)
      • 3B - A. Escobar (2)
      • HR - J. Soler (9)
      • RBI - J. Jay (16), S. Perez 2 (30), J. Soler (26), A. Escobar (15)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (6), A. Escobar (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - W. Merrifield (3), S. Perez
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Olson-Semien-Cahill)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Gordon (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Cahill4.27442602.770.992.0
      E. Pagan0.10000103.801.410.5
      D. Coulombe1.00001205.031.323.0
      Y. Petit (L, 2-2)2.01110113.251.11-0.5
      Total8.08553101---
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Cahill4.2
      E. Pagan0.1
      D. Coulombe1.0
      Y. Petit (L, 2-2)2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel6.07332315.171.4310.5
      K. McCarthy (H, 3)1.00001002.551.012.0
      T. Hill (W, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.02110002.951.207.0
      K. Herrera (S, 13)1.00000100.790.7110.5
      Total9.0944341---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel6.0
      K. McCarthy (H, 3)1.0
      T. Hill (W, 1-1) (BS, 1)1.0
      K. Herrera (S, 13)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - T. Cahill (2), E. Pagan (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Cahill 93-54, E. Pagan 5-4, D. Coulombe 25-13, Y. Petit 21-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Cahill 5-0, Y. Petit 1-4
      • Batters Faced - T. Cahill 21, E. Pagan 2, D. Coulombe 4, Y. Petit 7
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Hammel (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 105-62, K. McCarthy 12-5, T. Hill 22-16, K. Herrera 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 5-9, K. McCarthy 1-2, T. Hill 2-1, K. Herrera 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 27, K. McCarthy 4, T. Hill 5, K. Herrera 3
      • 8TH INNING
        Soler homered to left center45
        Pinder singled to center, Olson scored44
      • 7TH INNING
        Maxwell homered to center34
      • 4TH INNING
        Maxwell singled to left center, Piscotty scored24
      • 3RD INNING
        Lowrie singled to right, Semien scored14
      • 2ND INNING
        Jay doubled to left, Escobar scored04
        Escobar tripled to deep right, Goins scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Perez doubled to deep left, Jay and Merrifield scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Kelvin Herrera relieved Tim Hill
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • M. Canha: Strike swinging, Canha grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Tim Hill relieved Kevin McCarthy
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Olson singled to left
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Chapman grounded out to second, Olson to second
        • Chad Pinder hit for Dustin Fowler
        • C. Pinder: Pinder singled to center, Olson scored
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to shortstop, Pinder to second
        • Jonathan Lucroy hit for Bruce Maxwell
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Lucroy lined out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Y. Petit Pitching:
        • S. Perez: Perez flied out to deep center
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler homered to left center
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to first
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Almonte flied out to left
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Maxwell homered to center
        • Kevin McCarthy relieved Jason Hammel
        • M. Semien: Semien lined out to shortstop
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Foul, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Yusmeiro Petit relieved Danny Coulombe
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Jay lined out to center
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to right
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Chapman struck out looking
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Fowler lined out to center
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty lined out to left
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Danny Coulombe relieved Emilio Pagan
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon walked
        • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Almonte struck out swinging
        • R. Goins: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Goins struck out swinging
        • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Escobar flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Joyce lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Davis grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Mark Canha in left
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Jay struck out looking
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch
        • M. Moustakas: Ball (pitchout), Merrifield caught stealing, catcher to shortstop, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Moustakas walked
        • Emilio Pagan relieved Trevor Cahill
        • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Perez hit by pitch, Moustakas to second
        • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Fowler reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Chapman out at second
        • S. Piscotty: Piscotty doubled to deep left, Fowler out at home
        • B. Maxwell: Ball, Ball, Maxwell singled to left center, Piscotty scored
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Almonte: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Almonte struck out looking
        • R. Goins: Strike looking, Goins grounded bunt out to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Escobar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • B. Maxwell: Maxwell grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Semien doubled to left center
        • M. Joyce: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Joyce struck out swinging
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Lowrie singled to right, Semien scored
        • K. Davis: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Davis hit by pitch, Lowrie to second
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Olson flied out to deep center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas singled to right center
        • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
        • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Moustakas to second
        • A. Gordon: Ball, Gordon grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Soler out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Olson popped out to third
        • M. Chapman: Chapman singled to right
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Fowler popped out to shortstop
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty popped out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
        • A. Almonte: Ball, Almonte grounded out to second
        • R. Goins: Goins reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • A. Escobar: Pickoff attempt, Escobar tripled to deep right, Goins scored
        • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Jay doubled to left, Escobar scored
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Hammel Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Semien grounded out to pitcher
        • M. Joyce: Ball, Joyce lined out to center
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Lowrie singled to left
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Davis flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • T. Cahill Pitching:
        • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Jay singled to center
        • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Merrifield doubled to deep center, Jay to third
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
        • S. Perez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Perez doubled to deep left, Jay and Merrifield scored
        • J. Soler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul tip, Soler struck out on foul tip
        • A. Gordon: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Perez caught stealing, catcher to third
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)