Chapman's homer in 8th lifts A's past Royals 3-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Marcus Semien didn't have much time to think after making a diving stop on Salvador Perez's sharp grounder in the eighth inning. With Kansas City's Whit Merrifield off third base and breaking for home, the Oakland shortstop had no one choice but to throw to the plate.

It worked out perfectly for both Semien and the A's.

Matt Chapman homered leading off the bottom of the eighth, moments after Semien's defensive gem cut down the go-ahead run, and the A's beat the Royals 3-2 on Sunday.

''Just reaction,'' Semien said. ''I had a tough grip. I had my whole palm on the ball so I just tried to throw it as hard as I could from there. Merrifield's pretty quick so you got to get the transfer and the throw there as quick as you can. That was good.''

Oakland manager Bob Melvin called it one of the best plays of Semien's career. Closer Blake Treinen, who was on the mound and had a perfect view, termed it `incredible.'

Merrifield doubled off A's starter Sean Manaea and advanced to third on Mike Moustakas' groundout. Treinen replaced Manaea and got Perez to hit a grounder that Semien made a diving stop on, and threw to home while still on his knees to nail a sliding Merrifield.

''Chapman made a great swing but that swing doesn't get us the win if Marcus doesn't make that play,'' Treinen said. ''We were trying to call a sinker there because (Perez) swung through a good one down the pitch before. High percentage groundball/swing-and-miss pitch and he put a pretty good swing on it. Marcus made a better play.''

Melvin agreed.

''That's a really good runner at third going on contact,'' Melvin said. ''To dive like that, get up and have to throw it off balance on the money like that, no legs underneath him . game-winner.''

Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy both drove in runs for the A's, who squandered numerous scoring chances before Chapman came through with a solo home run off Royals reliever Jason Adam (0-1).

Treinen (3-1) retired five batters to win following a strong start Manaea. Winless since May 14, Manaea allowed six hits and two runs over 7 1/3 innings and had six strikeouts with no walks.

Perez hit his 11th home run for the Royals, who have lost seven of eight.

Kansas City's offensive funk continued, although Moustakas gave his ballclub a jolt in the first inning when he laid down a bunt to beat Oakland's defensive shift. But Moustakas was stranded at second, one of four runners the Royals left in scoring position.

''He practices it and his mindset is he's going to beat the shift,'' Kansas City manager Ned Yost said. ''If guys can do it, managers are going to have to make adjustments.''

Alex Gordon doubled off Treinen with one out in the ninth and moved to third on a groundout before Drew Butera fouled out to Lucroy to end the game.

WHO NEEDS A GLOVE?

A fan sitting in the second deck behind home plate caught two foul balls on consecutive pitches, both of them bare-handed.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: RF Jorge Soler was held out of the starting lineup for a second straight day after fouling a pitch off his foot Friday, although Yost noted Soler is feeling better.

Athletics: Opening day starter Kendall Graveman continues to rehab in Arizona but Melvin doesn't expect the right-hander back any time soon. ... 2B Jed Lowrie was given the day off. Chad Pinder started in place of Lowrie. ... Jake Smolinski was called up from Triple-A Nashville before the game. RHP Chris Bassitt was optioned to Triple-A Nashville.

UP NEXT

Royals: Following a day off Monday, Kansas City returns home to host the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. RHP Ian Kennedy (1-6, 5.76 ERA) takes the hill for the Royals seeking to end an 11-start winless stretch.

Athletics: RHP Daniel Mengden (5-4, 2.85) faces the Astros on Tuesday. Two of Mengden's four losses this season have come against Houston.

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KC22-44
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OAK34-32
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  • W: B. Treinen (3-1)L: J. Adam (0-1)
  • HR: KC - S. Perez (11), OAK - M. Chapman (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
W. Merrifield 2B41200011.286.362.415.7774.5
M. Moustakas 1B40100003.267.321.490.8121.0
S. Perez DH41111003.233.282.461.7436.0
H. Dozier RF40100013.250.315.345.6600.5
P. Orlando CF30000013.167.206.200.406-0.5
a- R. Goins PH10000000.234.265.319.5840.0
A. Gordon LF40100010.269.325.379.7041.5
A. Escobar SS40000011.218.268.312.580-0.5
D. Butera C40000011.153.240.235.475-0.5
R. Torres 3B30100000.200.231.240.4711.0
  • a-flied out for Orlando in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. Fowler CF40100012.247.298.442.7390.5
M. Semien SS30100101.260.312.372.6842.0
K. Davis DH40000045.237.313.521.834-2.0
M. Olson 1B20000112.250.335.466.8011.5
M. Chapman 3B32111102.245.339.435.7748.0
M. Canha LF31100100.248.315.444.7604.0
S. Piscotty RF40110003.239.295.353.6492.0
J. Lucroy C30110111.266.323.362.6842.5
C. Pinder 2B30100003.238.304.413.7171.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (20), A. Gordon (5)
    • HR - S. Perez (11)
    • RBI - S. Perez (32)
    • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (7)
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Canha (9)
    • HR - M. Chapman (10)
    • RBI - M. Chapman (26), S. Piscotty (23), J. Lucroy (17)
    FIELDING
    • DP - 2 (Torres-Merrifield-Moustakas; Merrifield-Moustakas)
    • E - S. Barlow
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Chapman (9), S. Piscotty (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    B. Keller5.15224402.311.236.0
    S. Barlow1.11001103.601.271.5
    T. Hill0.10000104.051.300.5
    J. Adam (L, 0-1)1.01110114.401.26-3.5
    PITCHERSIP
    B. Keller5.1
    S. Barlow1.1
    T. Hill0.1
    J. Adam (L, 0-1)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Manaea7.16220613.490.9919.0
    B. Treinen (W, 3-1)1.21000000.870.949.0
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Manaea7.1
    B. Treinen (W, 3-1)1.2
    PITCHING
    • HBP - B. Keller
    • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 85-57, S. Barlow 24-14, T. Hill 4-3, J. Adam 16-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-5, J. Adam 1-1
    • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, S. Barlow 6, T. Hill, J. Adam 4
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Manaea (7)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 90-69, B. Treinen 20-17
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 10-7, B. Treinen 3-2
    • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 29, B. Treinen 6
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    KC22-44
    002000000271
    OAK34-32
    02000001X372
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield 2B41200011.286.362.415.7774.5
    M. Moustakas 1B40100003.267.321.490.8121.0
    S. Perez DH41111003.233.282.461.7436.0
    H. Dozier RF40100013.250.315.345.6600.5
    P. Orlando CF30000013.167.206.200.406-0.5
    a- R. Goins PH10000000.234.265.319.5840.0
    A. Gordon LF40100010.269.325.379.7041.5
    A. Escobar SS40000011.218.268.312.580-0.5
    D. Butera C40000011.153.240.235.475-0.5
    R. Torres 3B30100000.200.231.240.4711.0
    Total3527110615-----
    • a-flied out for Orlando in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. Fowler CF40100012.247.298.442.7390.5
    M. Semien SS30100101.260.312.372.6842.0
    K. Davis DH40000045.237.313.521.834-2.0
    M. Olson 1B20000112.250.335.466.8011.5
    M. Chapman 3B32111102.245.339.435.7748.0
    M. Canha LF31100100.248.315.444.7604.0
    S. Piscotty RF40110003.239.295.353.6492.0
    J. Lucroy C30110111.266.323.362.6842.5
    C. Pinder 2B30100003.238.304.413.7171.0
    Total2937315719-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield 2 (20), A. Gordon (5)
      • HR - S. Perez (11)
      • RBI - S. Perez (32)
      • 2-Out RBI - S. Perez (7)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Canha (9)
      • HR - M. Chapman (10)
      • RBI - M. Chapman (26), S. Piscotty (23), J. Lucroy (17)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Torres-Merrifield-Moustakas; Merrifield-Moustakas)
      • E - S. Barlow
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Chapman (9), S. Piscotty (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      B. Keller5.15224402.311.236.0
      S. Barlow1.11001103.601.271.5
      T. Hill0.10000104.051.300.5
      J. Adam (L, 0-1)1.01110114.401.26-3.5
      Total8.0733571---
      PITCHERSIP
      B. Keller5.1
      S. Barlow1.1
      T. Hill0.1
      J. Adam (L, 0-1)1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Manaea7.16220613.490.9919.0
      B. Treinen (W, 3-1)1.21000000.870.949.0
      Total9.0722061---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Manaea7.1
      B. Treinen (W, 3-1)1.2
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - B. Keller
      • Pitches-Strikes - B. Keller 85-57, S. Barlow 24-14, T. Hill 4-3, J. Adam 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Keller 5-5, J. Adam 1-1
      • Batters Faced - B. Keller 24, S. Barlow 6, T. Hill, J. Adam 4
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Manaea (7)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Manaea 90-69, B. Treinen 20-17
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Manaea 10-7, B. Treinen 3-2
      • Batters Faced - S. Manaea 29, B. Treinen 6
      • 8TH INNING
        Chapman homered to left23
      • 3RD INNING
        Perez homered to left22
        Merrifield scored on wild pitch12
      • 2ND INNING
        Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored02
        Piscotty grounded out to third, Chapman scored, Canha to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ryan Goins hit for Paulo Orlando
        • R. Goins: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Goins flied out to center
        • A. Gordon: Gordon doubled to deep right
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second, Gordon to third
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Butera fouled out to catcher
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Moustakas grounded out to first, Merrifield to third
        • Blake Treinen relieved Sean Manaea
        • S. Perez: Foul, Strike swinging, Perez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Merrifield out at home
        • H. Dozier: Foul, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Jason Adam relieved Tim Hill
        • M. Chapman: Foul, Ball, Chapman homered to left
        • M. Canha: Foul, Strike looking, Canha fouled out to third
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Piscotty grounded out to first
        • J. Lucroy: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to right
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Butera flied out to center
        • R. Torres: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres popped out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • S. Barlow Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Fowler singled to shallow center
        • M. Semien: Fowler to third on Barlow fielding error, Semien popped out to second
        • K. Davis: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Tim Hill relieved Scott Barlow
        • M. Olson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Olson struck out swinging
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Dozier grounded out to third
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Orlando grounded out to third
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Gordon struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson hit by pitch
        • M. Chapman: Chapman flied out to deep left
        • M. Canha: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Canha walked, Olson to second
        • Scott Barlow relieved Brad Keller
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Foul, Piscotty lined out to right
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Lucroy walked, Olson to third, Canha to second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Foul, Pinder flied out to deep center
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Ball, Torres reached on an infield single to third, Torres to second on 3rd baseman Chapman fielding error
        • W. Merrifield: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas flied out to center
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Perez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Ball, Fowler grounded out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Semien grounded out to shortstop
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded bunt out to third
        • D. Butera: Ball, Foul, Butera grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Piscotty singled to shallow right
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play second to first, Piscotty out at second
        • C. Pinder: Ball, Foul, Ball, Pinder lined out to second
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • R. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres grounded out to second
        • W. Merrifield: Merrifield doubled to left
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first, Merrifield to third
        • S. Perez: Ball, Merrifield scored on wild pitch, Perez homered to left
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Dozier singled to center
        • P. Orlando: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Orlando struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Olson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Olson walked
        • M. Chapman: Chapman grounded into double play third to second to first, Olson out at second
        • M. Canha: Canha flied out to left
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gordon grounded out to first
        • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Escobar struck out swinging
        • D. Butera: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Butera struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Chapman walked
        • M. Canha: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Canha doubled to deep right center, Chapman to third
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Piscotty grounded out to third, Chapman scored, Canha to third
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy singled to center, Canha scored
        • C. Pinder: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pinder reached on an infield single to second, Lucroy to second
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Fowler popped out to shortstop
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Semien walked, Lucroy to third, Pinder to second
        • K. Davis: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Manaea Pitching:
        • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Merrifield grounded out to third
        • M. Moustakas: Foul, Moustakas reached on bunt single to shortstop
        • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Foul, Perez safe at first on right fielder Piscotty fielding error, Moustakas to second
        • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
        • P. Orlando: Ball, Strike swinging, Orlando flied out to right
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • B. Keller Pitching:
        • D. Fowler: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Fowler struck out swinging
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Semien singled to shallow right
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Davis struck out looking
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson lined out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)