American League Game Summary - Oakland at Kansas City|
(Wednesday, August 13)
Final Score: Kansas City 3, Oakland 0
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Vargas tossed his first complete
game of the season and the surging Kansas City Royals bounced back from
Tuesday's loss to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 3-0, in the third of four
games at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday.
Vargas (9-5) was dominant, retiring the final 23 batters he faced and allowing
just three hits while striking out four.
"He was pretty good and got back to being who he was," Royals manager Ned Yost
said of Vargas. "He was dynamic and was in complete control."
Omar Infante hit a two-run homer and Salvador Perez supplied a sacrifice fly
for the Royals, who have won nine of their last 10 games.
Josh Donaldson doubled while Jonny Gomes and Jed Lowrie each supplied a hit
to round out Oakland's subdued offensive performance.
Starter Scott Kazmir (13-5) gave up three runs on seven hits over seven
innings for the A's, who have dropped three of their last four.
"At times we're going to get well pitched games against, and today was one of
those," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "(Vargas) pitched a great game."
Both teams stranded runners on the corners in the first. Donaldson doubled to
left with two outs for Oakland and Gomes singled to place runners at first and
third, but Derek Norris struck out to end the frame.
In the home half, Nori Aoki hit a leadoff single and moved to third when Coco
Crisp failed to field Billy Butler's single to center. Kazmir fanned Alex
Gordon to leave the runners on base.
Kansas City did get on the board in the third. Aoki singled to right with one
out before Infante cracked a two-run blast to left.
Christian Colon opened the fifth with a bunt single, moved up to second on
Aoki's sacrifice bunt, took third on Infante's base hit and scored on Salvador
Perez's sac fly to right.
Vargas threw his 11th career complete game. He has not walked a batter
in last 18 1/3 innings ... Kazmir is 0-3 in his last five starts against the
Royals ... Kansas City leads the season series, 4-2 ... Time of game: 2:06.
08/14 09:12:18 ET