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American League Game Summary - Oakland at Kansas City



(Thursday, August 14)

Final Score: Kansas City 7, Oakland 3

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Billy Butler's two-run single capped a deciding seventh-inning burst, as the Kansas City Royals claimed a 7-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics in the finale of a four-game series between AL division leaders.

Jarrod Dyson and Norichika Aoki also drove in two runs for the Royals, who finished their seven-game homestand with a 6-1 mark. They remained a half-game up in the AL Central on Detroit, which topped Pittsburgh earlier on Thursday.

"This is what we want," said Dyson. "We want to go up against the best in the business. When you are making a playoff push you want to face great pitching, you want to face a great hitting club."

Aaron Crow (6-1) recorded the final out of the seventh for the win. Greg Holland notched the last two outs of the contest to earn his 36th save.

Alberto Callaspo drove in two, while Josh Reddick doubled, tripled and knocked in the other run for the Athletics, who slid to their fourth loss in five outings.

Jeff Samardzija (3-2) allowed four runs -- three earned -- and eight hits over 6 1/3 frames.

"We knew exactly who we were playing when we were coming in here," A's first baseman Stephen Vogt said. "Their pitching staff is one of the best in baseball and their lineup, they grind out at-bats. They're kind of similar to us in that no one is going to come out and wow you."

The Royals' deciding rally was begun by a one-out single from Erik Kratz, then Christian Colon followed with a double and Samardzija was replaced by Ryan Cook. Dyson's single scored one and Aoki's triple brought in Colon and Dyson to give the hosts a 5-3 edge.

Alcides Escobar walked and Fernando Abad was called on to fan Alex Gordon, ahead of Luke Gregerson giving up the two-run hit from Butler which provided a four-run edge to Kansas City.

The A's didn't go down without a fight, putting two on against Wade Davis, who kept the visitors off the board by fanning Callaspo to end the eighth.

Eric Sogard and Coco Crisp singled off Jason Frasor in the ninth, then Holland walked Josh Donaldson with two away to load the bases before inducing a fly out from Brandon Moss to end the game.

Kratz began the home third with a single, went to third on a Colon single compounded by a Callaspo error, then scored on Dyson's sacrifice fly to center.

Oakland equalized in the fourth as Moss singled, Reddick doubled and Callaspo's sac fly to left brought in Moss.

Mike Moustakas' two-out single in the home fourth scored Gordon and pushed KC back in front, but the A's came back with two in the sixth on Reddick's triple to score Vogt and Callaspo's hit to bring in Reddick.

Game Notes

Kansas City has taken five of seven meetings with its former AL West rivals ... Colon finished with three hits, as did Vogt ... Royals starter James Shields worked six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk ... Cook was charged with three runs on two hits while failing to retire a batter. Including his stat line, Oakland's bullpen has surrendered 10 runs in 12 1/3 innings over the last six games.

08/14 20:44:07 ET

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CAR 17
CLE 13
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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TOR 118
NYK 108
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CLE 105
MEM 91
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DET 105
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PHI 96
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PHO 104
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MIN 96
IND 100
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BGU 68
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MAINE 69
 
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QUIN 60
ORST 52
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CLST 69
USF 65
 
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CCAR 72
 
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UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
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RAD 74
CORN 61
 
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UNT 62
CREI 58
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CAN 67
HC 48
 
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USB 67
GHND 52
 
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OKST 64
MD 73
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WINT 100
REIN 72
 
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UGST 68
SMISS 55
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NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
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STLU 58
VERM 55
 
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UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
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EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
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HART 82
FIU 69
 
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VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
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LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
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DEN 46
BRY 48
 
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MONT 62
SD 67
 
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MTST 65
TENST 47
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SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
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SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
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HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
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SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
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BC 71
USC 75
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NICST 64
TROY 65
 
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BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
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UGA 65
SHU 47
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ALA 60
APP 59
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KSU 53
NDST 52
 
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WASU 82
SJST 53
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UTEP 78
ALCOR 45
 
2nd
SEAT 46
SACST 36
 
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DET 1
COL 2
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EDM 5
DAL 6
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BOS 4
BUF 3
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NYR 1
CAR 0
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CHI 4
TOR 0
3rd
WIN 3
PHI 2
 
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NOS 14
ATL 30
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HOU 25
BAL 13
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CAR 17
CLE 13
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CHI 14
DET 20
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TAM 3
GBP 20
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PIT 20
KAN 12
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MIA 37
MIN 35
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NYJ 16
NEP 17
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STL 27
NYG 37
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OAK 26
BUF 24
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DAL 42
IND 7
4th
ARI 6
SEA 21