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Swisher has homer, four RBI as A's defeat Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- One rainout, a few timely hits, and the
Oakland Athletics' streak in Kansas City goes on.

The A's have won 12 straight games at Kauffman Stadium after
Sunday's 13-6 victory over the Royals. That came after rain wiped
out Saturday night's game with Kansas City up 6-1 in the third
inning.

"You can't play every game here, and there's going to come a
time when we end up losing a game here," said Jay Payton, who had
three hits for Oakland. "It's just nice to get out of here with a
couple of wins, go to Anaheim and try to take some momentum into
there."

Nick Swisher hit his 10th home run, falling one short of Mark
McGwire's team record for home runs in April, and drove in four
runs for the A's. Eric Chavez hit his ninth homer, Dan Johnson also
homered, and Chavez and Mark Kotsay had three RBI apiece.

"Our bats have been pretty dormant the month of April," Chavez
said. "This is the first time we've really swung the bat that
well, so it's a good sign for us."

Oakland's dominance in Kansas City matches the Royals' longest
home losing streak against a single opponent and it is their
longest ever at Kauffman Stadium. They lost 12 straight at home
against Baltimore in 1969-70, their first two seasons, when they
played at Municipal Stadium.

Over the course of their 12-game run at Kauffman, the A's have
outscored the Royals 94-30. They have not lost a series in Kansas
City since July 1999.

"It's embarrassing," Royals first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz
said.

The Royals had their chances on Sunday, as Oakland continued to
have problems getting a starter deep into the game, but fell apart
in the Athletics' six-run sixth.

Joe Blanton (3-2) earned the win despite issuing a career-high
five walks in five innings. He gave up five runs -- four earned --
and six hits, and struck out four.

"I don't think I've ever walked that many people -- I mean minor
leagues, college, anything," Blanton said. "I just feel like I
was barely missing all day."

Chavez and Swisher both homered off Royals starter Scott
Elarton, who lasted only 2 1-3 innings. Chavez hit a two-run shot
to center field in the first inning and Swisher added a three-run
drive in the second for a 5-1 lead.

Johnson added a solo homer off Ambiorix Burgos in the ninth. It
was his second of the season.

Mark Teahen's three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth tied it
at 5, but the A's responded with their big sixth inning to go up
11-5.

Luke Hudson (0-3) relieved Joel Peralta to start the inning and
failed to record an out, giving up a walk and two singles and then
hitting Jason Kendall to force in a run.

"It's not a matter of getting behind hitters and them getting
hits today," Hudson said. "It's a matter of not being able to put
guys away when I get ahead in the count. There's just no reason for
that."

Kotsay slammed a two-run double off Andrew Cisco to make it 8-5,
just missing a home run when the ball struck a pad at the top of
the wall in right center and bounced back into the outfield.

"Kotsay had the biggest blow for us, I thought," manager Ken
Macha said.

Two more runs scored when Swisher's long fly ball hit center
fielder Esteban German in the face and rolled away for a three-base
error.

Swisher, who was credited with a sacrifice fly, then scored on
Chavez's RBI single.

Kotsay added an RBI single in the seventh, beating out a close
play at first, to give the A's a 12-5 lead.

The Royals scored one run in the first inning when Blanton
misplayed Teahen's bases-loaded grounder, and got within 5-2 in the
third on Emil Brown's RBI double.

Blanton's error was one of three by Oakland, which had played
errorless ball in its three previous games and committed just two
errors in its previous seven.

Kerry Robinson, called up Saturday from Triple-A Omaha, had
three hits for the Royals.

Game notes
Royals DH Mike Sweeney returned to the lineup Sunday after
sitting out Saturday's game with a sore back. He went 0-for-4 with
a walk. ... The A's held OF Milton Bradley out for a third straight
game with a sore left knee and also said he has some pain low in
his right side. Manager Ken Macha said there are no immediate plans
to put Bradley on the disabled list. ... The Royals sent CF David
DeJesus to Arizona on Sunday to continue rehab work on his strained
left hamstring. ... Kendall has been hit by a pitch 201 times in
his career, seventh in the majors.