A's Pull Off Three-Game Sweep Over Royals To Kick Off Second Half

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Recap: A's Fend Off Late Rally To Win 9-6

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Adam Rosales, Jack Cust and Kevin Kouzmanoff each homered, as the Oakland Athletics held off the Kansas City Royals, 9-6, to complete a three-game series sweep at Kauffman Stadium.

Cliff Pennington and Rajai Davis each knocked in a run for the Athletics, who have won five in a row for the first time this season.

Vin Mazzaro (5-2) pitched a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing one run on seven hits. The right-hander also fanned five batters and walked one.

Scott Podsednik and Chris Getz each drove in two runs for the Royals, who have dropped six straight games.

Brian Bannister (7-8) went 6 1/3 frames in the start, giving up five runs on six hits. He also walked a season-high six batters and struck out two in the loss. Bannister fell to 1-5 lifetime against the A's.

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A's Play Close One Against Royals, Win 6-5

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Adam Rosales drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the top of the ninth inning, as the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Kansas City Royals, 6-5, in the second test of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Rosales finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored for the Athletics, who have won four in a row. Kevin Kouzmanoff knocked in three runs and scored once for the victors.

Craig Breslow (4-2) tossed a scoreless eighth to pick up the win. Andrew Bailey recorded his 19th save of the year.

Yuniesky Betancourt hit a grand slam for the Royals, who have dropped five straight games.

With the score tied at five in the ninth, Joakim Soria (0-2) took over on the mound for KC. Kurt Suzuki hit a one-out double and came around to score on Rosales' two-out hit up the middle for a 6-5 lead.

Bailey worked around a leadoff single in the bottom half of the ninth to seal the victory.

The A's scored three times in the first inning. Daric Barton doubled and Suzuki singled to put men on the corners with one out. Kouzmanoff followed with a two-run double to center. Rosales then hit an RBI single to make it 3-0.

The Royals, though, responded with a five-run second to take the lead. Alberto Callaspo singled, Mitch Maier singled, and Mike Aviles walked to load the bases with one out. Betancourt stepped to the plate and blasted Trevor Cahill's offering over the wall in left. Scott Podsednik followed with a triple and came around to score on a Jason Kendall sacrifice fly for a 5-3 edge.

Kansas City starter Bruce Chen retired seven straight batters before giving up a leadoff single to Rosales in the sixth. Following two quick outs, Rajai Davis walked. Cliff Pennington then hit an RBI single to left, chasing Chen from the contest. Blake Wood got Coco Crisp to fly out, but not before Oakland made it a 5-4 game.

The Athletics plated a run in the seventh to deadlock the score at five. Barton led off with a double, stole third, and scored on Kouzmanoff's one-out single to right. Kyle Farnsworth came in from the bullpen and retired the first two batters he faced to limit the damage.

Kansas City stranded the bases loaded in the home seventh.

Oakland won six of eight bouts with Kansas City last season, including two of three games held at Kauffman Stadium...The A's were without outfielder Ryan Sweeney (right knee)...Oakland starter Cahill went 6 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on five hits...Chen gave up four runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 frames...It was the third career grand slam for Betancourt.

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A's Continue Strong Play Against Poor Opponents

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) – Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in two runs and Gio Gonzalez tossed seven innings of one-run ball, as the Oakland Athletics handled the Kansas City Royals, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

Jack Cust and Mark Ellis each had an RBI for the Athletics, who have won three in a row since a four-game skid. Gonzalez (8-6) gave up seven hits to go with three strikeouts and one walk.

Alberto Callaspo had two hits for the Royals, who have lost four straight contests.

Zack Greinke (5-9) allowed five runs — two earned — on four hits in six innings to take the loss. He also walked four and struck out three. The 2009 AL Cy Young Award recipient had gone 4-0 with a 3.00 earned run average over his previous five starts. He had also lasted at least seven innings in each of those games.

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