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American League Game Summary - Oakland at Kansas City



(Monday, August 11)

Final Score: Kansas City 3, Oakland 2

Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Alcides Escobar singled in Nori Aoki with the tie-breaking run in the seventh inning and the Kansas City Royals moved into first place in the AL Central with a 3-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

The Royals, winners of eight in a row, are in first place by themselves this late in a season for the first time since Aug. 29, 2003. They moved a half- game ahead of the Detroit Tigers, who lost in Pittsburgh Monday night. KC was eight games out of first place on July 21, but now they're back on top for the first time since June 20.

They are 11 games over .500 for the first time since July 27, 2003. That season, the Royals finished 83-79 and in third place in their division.

Yordano Ventura gave up two hits and as many runs over the first six innings for the Royals. Kelvin Herrera (3-2) struck out a pair of batters in the seventh and Greg Holland escaped a shaky ninth by getting a huge double-play ball off the bat of Derek Norris. Holland retired Stephen Vogt on a fly ball to center to secure his AL-leading 35th save.

Aoki was pinch-running for Raul Ibanez, who reached base via fielder's choice in the seventh inning. Aoki went to second on a groundout from Mike Moustakas, then raced home on Escobar's liner to center.

"We're capitalizing on just about every opportunity we get right now," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "It's fun to watch."

Wade Davis struck out a pair in a 1-2-3 top of the eighth before Holland worked out of trouble. Josh Donaldson singled and went to second on a wild pitch before Brandon Moss walked. Norris, though, hit the ball squarely to Moustakas at third and he threw across the diamond.

The Royals made a trade Monday. They acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Jason Adam. The Royals also waived pitcher Wilking Rodriguez.

"I think it fills that last big hole," Yost said of Willingham.

Moss had a two-run single to center with the bases full in the third inning, but the AL West leaders lost their second straight to open this four-game series.

Sonny Gray (12-6) gave up six hits and three runs -- two earned -- over seven innings to suffer his third consecutive loss.

"Two good teams going at it, it's always going to be one mistake. Unfortunately for us, I'm the one that made that mistake tonight," Gray said.

Kansas City's first run came off a double-play grounder from Salvador Perez in the first inning, after Jarrod Dyson advanced to third on a throwing error from Josh Reddick.

Escobar singled in Alex Gordon in the second for a 2-0 margin.

"We're going to try and hold onto it," Dyson said of being in first place. "We're trying to make that playoff push. We can't get caught up in what Detroit's doing and whoever is behind us."

Game Notes

The 35-year-old Willingham hit .210 with 12 homers and 34 RBI in 68 games for the Twins this season ... Kansas City has won 16 of its last 19 games overall and six in a row at home. The Royals hold a 3-1 lead over the A's this season ... Herrera has worked 17 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings ... Oakland's Ryan Cook extended his scoreless stretch to 19 innings, the longest active streak in the majors.

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
3rd
CHA 75
TOR 71
 
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
5th
NYY 0
PIT 3
 
3rd
IND 57
CHI 54
 
3rd
WAS 86
MIA 58
 
3rd
ORL 86
SAC 73
 
3rd
CHA 75
TOR 71
 
3rd
PHI 50
UTA 52
 
2nd
ATL 53
CLE 43
 
2nd
NOP 27
BOS 36
 
2nd
HOU 29
DET 23
 
2nd
MEM 28
LAL 21
 
1st
BRK 21
PHO 21
 
8:30pm Tonight
SAN
DEN
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
DAL
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
 
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
 
2nd
KSU 57
AKR 59
 
2nd
BUF 51
BGU 52
 
2nd
DART 47
BRO 59
 
2nd
WMICH 50
CMICH 42
 
2nd
PENN 38
CLMB 30
 
2nd
PRIN 57
CORN 50
 
2nd
OU 53
ILLCH 54
 
2nd
OHIO 84
UMO 61
 
2nd
BST 36
NILL 35
 
2nd
EMICH 62
TOL 46
 
2nd
NIOWA 55
BRAD 37
 
Half
MURST 43
MORE 32
 
8:00pm Tonight
CCAR
UNCA
 
1st
HARV 15
YALE 17
 
8:30pm Tonight
DREX
COC
1st
CITA 0
FUR 3
 
9:00pm Tonight
USF
PAC
9:00pm Tonight
BAY
TTU
9:30pm Tonight
EKENT
BEL
9:30pm Tonight
CLST
DET
9:35pm Tonight
INDST
LOYC
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
2nd
NJD 1
CLB 3
 
2nd Intermission
CAR 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
OTT 1
BUF 2
 
2nd
DET 2
CAL 1
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
EDM
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
PIT