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Duffy, Royals upend A's

Sep 7, 2011 - 7:05 AM Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Danny Duffy pitched into the seventh inning to get his first victory in more than a month, and the Royals got homers from Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur in a 7-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Duffy (4-8), who gave up four hits and three runs over 6 1/3 innings, earned his first win since July 31 at Cleveland. The rookie southpaw lost his previous four decisions over a six-start span.

Francoeur and Salvador Perez each had three hits with an RBI and two runs scored for Kansas City, which will try for the three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon.

Jemile Weeks had three hits and two RBI for the A's, who had won four in a row entering this series. Cliff Pennington also drove in two runs.

Gio Gonzalez (12-12) was touched for 10 hits and seven runs -- six earned -- over five innings to have his three-start winning streak snapped.

"I threw some good quality pitches...but they scored some runs off me," Gonzalez said.

Oakland loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth and Brandon Allen scored on a walk to Pennington. Joakim Soria, who entered the game with two on an nobody out earlier in the frame, then retired Hideki Matsui on a ground ball to notch his 26th save.

Hosmer and Francoeur hit back-to-back homers to start the second inning, and the Royals scored two more in the frame, one on an infield hit from Alcides Escobar and another on a groundout from Alex Gordon.

Weeks doubled in a run in the third, and Pennington followed with an RBI single to left.

The Royals tacked on three in the fifth, on a groundout from Johnny Giavotella, a double from Perez and a bases-loaded walk to Gordon.

"Our offense did a great job...off of a guy we think is a pretty darn good pitcher," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

Weeks' infield hit plated Michael Taylor in the seventh inning. Taylor, a fifth-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 2007, recorded his first major league hit, a single, earlier in the ninth.

Game Notes

The season series is even after eight games...Weeks has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games...Hosmer has a 15-game hitting streak on the road.








  • KANSAS CITY: 7
    OAKLAND: 4
    Final

    Sep 7 1:14 AM


  • Brandon Allen scored on the Cliff Pennington walk with two out. Bases loaded and Hideki Matsui due up.

    Royals 7, Athletics 4  Bot 9, 2 OutsSep 7 1:13 AM
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  • Jemile Weeks infield single to third scored Michael Taylor with two out. On the play, Ryan Sweeney advances to second. Runners on first and second with Cliff Pennington due up.

    Royals 7, Athletics 3  Bot 7, 2 OutsSep 7 12:28 AM


  • Salvador Perez scored on the Alex Gordon walk with two out. Bases loaded and Melky Cabrera due up.

    Royals 7, Athletics 2  Top 5, 2 OutsSep 6 11:42 PM


  • Salvador Perez doubled to right scored Jeff Francoeur with two out. Runner on second and Yamaico Navarro due up.

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  • Cliff Pennington singled to left scored Anthony Recker with none out. On the play, Pennington advances to second on Alex Gordon's throwing error. On the play, Jemile Weeks advances to third. Runners on second and third with Hideki Matsui due up.

    Royals 4, Athletics 2  Bot 3, 0 OutsSep 6 11:10 PM


  • Jemile Weeks doubled to center scored Ryan Sweeney with none out. On the play, Anthony Recker advances to third. Runners on second and third with Cliff Pennington due up.

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  • Alex Gordon grounded out to first scored Salvador Perez with one out. On the play, Alcides Escobar advances to second and Yamaico Navarro advances to third. Runners on second and third and with Melky Cabrera due up.

    Royals 4, Athletics 0  Top 2, 1 OutSep 6 10:35 PM


  • Jeff Francoeur lead-off Home Run (17) to left center. Johnny Giavotella due up.

    Royals 2, Athletics 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 6 10:23 PM


  • Eric Hosmer lead-off Home Run (16) to right. Jeff Francoeur due up.

    Royals 1, Athletics 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 6 10:22 PM


  • KANSAS CITY: 0
    OAKLAND: 0
    Top 1, 0 Outs

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