9:05 PM ET, August 18, 2007
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
• Summary: The Royals built a 4-0 thanks to homers by Ross Gload and Jason Smith and Kansas City won a series against the A's for the first time since 1998. Starter Odalis Perez recorded his first career decision against Oakland, winning back-to-back starts for the first time since April 20 and 25.
• 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."
-- ESPN.com news services
Royals 7, Athletics 3
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.
Regular Season Series
|Kansas City leads 6-4 (as of Sat 8/18)|
|Tue 5/8||OAK 6, @KC 1||Recap|
|Wed 5/9||@KC 3, OAK 2||Recap|
|Thu 5/10||OAK 17, @KC 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/14||KC 2, @OAK 1||Recap|
|Tue 5/15||@OAK 5, KC 4||Recap|
|Wed 5/16||KC 4, @OAK 3||Recap|
|Thu 5/17||KC 7, @OAK 4||Recap|
|Fri 8/17||KC 9, @OAK 2||Recap|
|» Sat 8/18||KC 7, @OAK 3||Box Score|
|Sun 8/19||@OAK 6, KC 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Royals | Athletics|
|2nd||A Gordon singled to center, R Gload scored, A Gordon thrown out at second attempting to advance on play.||1||0|
|2nd||J Smith homered to right, J Buck scored.||3||0|
|6th||R Gload homered to right.||4||0|
|6th||M Piazza doubled to deep center, J Cust scored.||4||1|
|6th||J DaVanon tripled to deep center, M Piazza scored.||4||2|
|6th||D Murphy hit sacrifice fly to center, J DaVanon scored.||4||3|
|7th||J Gathright singled to center, T Pena scored, D DeJesus to second.||5||3|
|8th||J Smith homered to right, A Gordon scored.||7||3|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||24,638 (70.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||70 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Mike Muchlinski, Third Base - Dana Demuth|