Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Tommy Milone spun 8 1/3 stellar innings to
help the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, in the opener of
a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Milone (8-7) had a two-hit, complete-game shutout broken up in the ninth
inning with one out. He yielded three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Grant Balfour was able to work out of what could have been a disastrous ninth
inning to move to a perfect 22-for-22 in save opportunities. He tied Dennis
Eckersley's club record with his 40th successful save.
Coco Crisp had three RBI while Josh Reddick finished with a double, triple and
three runs scored for the A's, winners of eight of their last 10.
Wade Davis (4-7), who gave up six runs in one-plus innings in his previous
outing, rebounded to give up three three runs on six hits with eight
Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar each recorded an RBI for the
Royals, who have scored just eight runs in four games against the A's.
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