Oakland, Calif. Alberto Callaspo hit a go-ahead two-run single in the sixth, Kyle Davies struck out six and won consecutive starts for the first time all season, and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics, 4-3, on Tuesday night.
Callaspo also had an earlier single to help the Royals bounce back a night after a sloppy 8-5 loss in which they led 4-0 early. Kansas City captured its first victory in four tries this year at the Coliseum.
Rajai Davis homered in the first to put the A’s ahead, but Miguel Olivo’s RBI single in the top of the second tied it.
Billy Butler hit the Royals’ majors-best 43rd triple in the second, his first since Aug. 30, 2007, against Detroit in Kansas City — a span of 1,030 at-bats and 278 games.
Kansas City loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Loser Jay Marshall (0-2) allowed back-to-back singles to start the inning, then Jeff Gray relieved and walked Butler. First baseman Daric Barton fielded Mike Jacobs’ grounder and threw out David DeJesus at home to save a run, but Callaspo followed with his single.
Davies (6-9) again looked sharp after beating the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on Aug. 27. The right-hander, making his sixth start since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Aug. 5, struck out five or more for the fourth time in five starts — four of those on the road. Davies allowed one run and four hits in six innings and walked two.
Kansas City won for only the second time in five games, but used four of its six pitchers in the seventh to help secure this one. Joakim Soria pitched two innings for his 21st save in 24 opportunities, recovering after allowing the first two batters to reach.
Adam Kennedy singled in a run in the seventh for Oakland but that was it, then the A’s added another in the eighth on Mark Ellis’ fielder’s choice.
Royals manager Trey Hillman missed his second straight game to be in Texas following the death of his father-in-law. Hillman will rejoin the club back home in Kansas City. Bench coach John Gibbons has been handling the team.
Edgar Gonzalez made his first start since May for the A’s and just his third of the year. He hung tough, giving up three hits and one run in five innings, with five strikeouts and a walk.
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