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Kansas City coasts to first series win vs. A's since 1998

• Streak stays alive: A's second baseman Mark Ellis nearly saw his team-record 81-game errorless streak end. With Joey Gathright heading to second on Mark Teahen's grounder in the fifth, Ellis charged in on the ball and made contact with Gathright. Ellis fumed, believing that Gathright was out on interference and made a rare argument to the second base umpire. An inning later, Teahen was credited with a single and Ellis' error was removed.

• Figure this: Kansas City has won three straight and four of its last six. Oakland has lost two in a row after a four-game win streak.

• Quotable: "He had a little trouble in the first and big trouble in the third. He has a knack of getting out of it though. He's not afraid to go deep into counts. He's tough and he knows what he's doing. At times it's not pretty but he gets it done."
-- Royals manager Buddy Bell on Perez

-- ESPN.com news services

Royals 7, Athletics 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Kansas City Royals' 100th franchise
victory in Oakland had a bit of everything.

Jason Smith hit a pair of two-run homers, Ross Gload also
connected and the Kansas City Royals captured the season series
with the Athletics for the first time in nine years with a 7-3
victory Saturday night.

"I just picked a day when the wind was blowing out. Honestly I
can't explain it," Smith said. "I was just fortunate enough to
put two good swings on it."

Odalis Perez (8-11) recorded his first career decision against
Oakland, winning back-to-back starts for the first time since April
20 and 25, and Kansas City owns its first three-game winning streak
since getting four straight victories from July 26-29.

Perez pitched five shutout innings and has a combined 15
scoreless innings against the A's in three appearances.

A's second baseman Mark Ellis thought he had seen his Oakland
record errorless streak at the position end at 81 games in bizarre
fashion. With Joey Gathright heading to second on Mark Teahen's
bouncing grounder in the fifth, Ellis charged in on the ball and
made contact with Gathright.

Ellis fumed moments later believing that Gathright was out on
interference and made a rare argument to second base umpire Mike
Muchlinski. A's manager Bob Geren hustled out and separated them,
then began yelling himself. Geren, who was also calling for
interference on the runner, was ejected -- the second time the
rookie skipper has been tossed.

"I was clearly going to get the ball and make the play and the
guy ran into me," Ellis said. "Clearly he would have been out at
first base. ... I won't (argue) unless I know I'm right, and I'm
pretty sure I'm right. He said he thought the ball was past me."

An inning later, Teahen was credited with a single and Ellis'
error was removed. Teahen later left the game after hyperextending
his elbow diving for a ball and was expected to sit out Sunday's
series finale.

Geren was thankful Ellis didn't get hurt in the collision. The
beat-up A's can't afford any more injuries.

"The fielder has the right to field the ball," Geren said,
acknowledging that was the most angry he's been for some time.
"His opinion was the ball wasn't close enough to Mark. ... What
made me angry is I almost saw my guy get hurt."

Smith hit just his third homer of the year in the second and had
another in the eighth for his third career multihomer game.

Alex Gordon added an RBI single earlier in the second inning.
Gload homered to start the sixth, doubled and scored twice for the
Royals, who last won the season series when it took seven of 11
games in 1998. They took three of four from the A's in the Coliseum
from May 14-17.

On a night both starters had problems with command, the A's
rallied against reliever Joel Peralta in the sixth. Jack Cust led
off the inning with a triple, Mike Piazza followed with an RBI
double and Jeff DaVanon tripled in a run one out later. Donnie
Murphy followed with a sacrifice fly that pulled Oakland within
4-3, then Jack Hannahan's walk chased Peralta.

David Riske entered and got Kurt Suzuki on an inning-ending
flyout.

Perez worked through Oakland's order until allowing three
straight two-out walks to Shannon Stewart, Nick Swisher and Cust to
load the bases in the third. He went to 3-1 on Piazza, but the
designated hitter flied out to shallow left.

"He had a little trouble in the first and big trouble in the
third," Royals manager Buddy Bell said. "He has a knack of
getting out of it though. He's not afraid to go deep into counts.
He's tough and he knows what he's doing. At times it's not pretty
but he gets it done."

Perez allowed three hits, struck out two and walked four in his
first outing against Oakland since pitching in relief on June 18,
2006, while with the Dodgers.

Chad Gaudin (9-9) lost for the sixth time in his last seven
decisions. He won at Detroit in his previous outing Aug. 13
following a six-start winless stretch in which he went 0-5 since a
victory July 5 against Seattle.

"I thought I pitched a decent game," Gaudin said. "You're
going to give up hits. You're going to give up runs. You're going
to give up home runs. You've just got to minimize it."

The A's featured five players in the starting lineup who weren't
on the Opening Day roster, including three who weren't even in the
organization back in April.

DaVanon, released by Arizona earlier this month, played center
field in his first start with the A's after getting one at-bat
Friday night after being called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

Game notes
Smith's last two-homer game came April 9, 2006, at San
Diego while with Colorado. Fourteen of his 15 career homers have
come on the road. ... Swisher leads the A's with 90 walks. ... The
Royals are 18-12 against the AL West, and have four more games to
go with their former division rivals -- Sunday's series finale with
the A's and three games at Texas in early September. ... Oakland's
five losses to Kansas City at home are the most for the A's against
the Royals since dropping four games in 1995. ... Tony Pena drew
his second walk since May 5 starting the seventh.