Oakland Athletics Top Kansas City Royals 5-4 After Bizarre 12th Inning
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Billy Butler's go-ahead double with two outs in the 12th inning appeared to be the difference in the rubber game of this three-game series.
But the A's, without the benefit of a hit, scored twice in the bottom of the 12th to win 5-4 in front of an announced crowd of 12,390 at the Coliseum.
Royals closer Jonathan Broxton appeared to have the first two men retired until shortstop Alcides Escobar's error allowed pinch hitter Seth Smith to reach first. Jemile Weeks and Eric Sogard both walked to load the bases. Coco Crisp then grounded out to tie the game. Then, Broxton hit both Yoenis Cespedes and Jonny Gomes to force home the winning run.
Starter Brandon McCarthy went six solid innings, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four. The A's took a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning, when after a Cespedes single, Gomes smashed a two-run home run to left field.
The scored remained that way until Brian Fuentes surrendered the tying run on a home run to Alex Gordon in the seventh. The A's didn't threaten until their rally in the bottom of the 12th. Andrew Carignan got his first win as a member of the A's, and Broxton took the loss for the Royals.
The Good: Brandon McCarthy and Jonny Gomes. McCarthy had his second quality start in three outings and probably deserved better than a no-decision. Gomes may have only had one hit, but he made it count and was the offensive star with his three runs batted in.
The Bad: The A's bullpen. It's tough to give them this distinction, considering they only allowed two runs in six total innings. However, they did blow the lead for McCarthy, and appeared to surrender the game entirely until the 12th inning rally.
The Ugly: The A's hitting with runners in scoring position. 0-for-9. Enough said.
Now 3-4, the A's head up to Seattle to start a three-game series with the Mariners Friday night. Bartolo Colon will look to bounce back as he faces Felix Hernandez, who is making his third start against Oakland in the early season.
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