Athletics vs. Royals: A's Win Rubber Match 5-2

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Athletics vs. Royals, MLB Scores: Oakland Bats Provide Complete Effort Behind Tyson Ross

The Oakland Athletics wrapped up a series victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday, continuing their win-loss pattern with a 5-2 victory. The A’s have alternated wins and losses for the last week as they continue to hang around the .500 mark, improving to 18-17. Tyson Ross earned his second victory of the season and his first in the starting rotation.

The A’s got Ross some early offense as they put two runs on the board in the first inning. After Coco Crisp reached based on an error, Daric Barton hit a long double to right field to put men on the corners. Conor Jackson knocked in Crisp with an RBI single and Josh Willingham plated Barton on a fielder’s choice to first. Jackson boosted his average to .291 with a 3-for-4 day. Kevin Kouzmanoff added what prove to be a fortuitous solo homerun in the sixth inning.

Tyson Ross put together another solid performance, as he lasted six innings, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks. Ross held the Royals scoreless through five but scratched across two runs in the sixth. After scoring one run on an Eric Hosmer double, Royals CF Mitch Maier hit a single to right. Hosmer scored from third just a fraction of a second before Wilson Betemit was tagged out at second.

The A’s added one more run on a Coco Crisp single in the eighth and it was more than enough for the A’s bullpen to close the deal. Michael Wuertz and Grant Balfour handled their business in the seventh and eighth innings, and Brian Fuentes notched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his ninth save of the season.

The A’s wrap up this short six game road trip with three games against the Texas Rangers. The two sides will send out the 1-2-3 pitchers in their rotations. The Rangers are currently trailing the Yankees 12-5 in the ninth inning, which means the two teams will likely be tied for second heading into this series.

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Athletics vs. Royals: Mike Aviles Sac Fly Wins Game For KC In Ninth

The Oakland Athletics came up just short in their comeback attempt Saturday night as the Kansas City Royals won 4-3 on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth. The A’s had come back from a 3-0 deficit before the Royals scratched across the late run, sending the A’s once again back to .500 at 17-17.

Brandon McCarthy threw a complete game as he was as efficient as ever in spite of giving up the four runs. The Royals grabbed their first three runs in the sixth inning on four singles and two sacrifices.

Normally that would be enough to finish the A’s, and Luke Hochevar was pitching like that would be enough. Hochevar had given up three hits in six innings when he came out for the seventh inning. He gave up a lead-off single to Andy LaRoche, at which point he was pulled. Aaron Crow came on in relief and proceeded to give up a single to Ryan Sweeney and then a three-run home run to Cliff Pennington, tying the game at three.

Things remained tied heading into the bottom of the ninth, when Billy Butler led off the inning with a single. The Royals then inserted the speedy Jarrod Dyson as a pinch-runner. Jeff Francoeur followed that with a single, which got Dyson to third with nobody out. McCarthy intentionally walked Royals phenom Eric Hosmer to load the bases. Mike Aviles then hit a flyball to short left field. Dyson tagged up and scored fairly easily. The A’s got after home plate umpire Bill Miller claiming Dyson left third early, but Miller would have none of it, and that was the game.

The A’s and Royals square off in the rubber match of this series Sunday afternoon at 11:10am pacific. Tyson Ross will square off with Jeff Francis on CSN California.

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