Royal flush: Sweeney helps KC sweep A's in twinbill

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals cooled off the
Oakland Athletics rather quickly.

Mike Sweeney hit a go-ahead, two-run double in a four-run eighth
inning, and the Royals beat the A's 5-3 Friday night to complete a
doubleheader sweep.

Kansas City won the opener 7-1 as Luke Hudson stymied Oakland on
five hits in seven innings. The A's had just three hits in the
second game and nine in the doubleheader.

Coming in, the Athletics had won six straight, 13 of 14 and 17
of 20. Oakland, which began the day with a six-game AL West lead,
had won 12 in a row at Kansas City since May 30, 2003, outscoring
the Royals 95-30 in that span.

"I don't know what it is," Royals manager Buddy Bell said
between games. "I don't think we play any different."

The Royals last swept a doubleheader Sept. 20, 2005, when they
hosted the Detroit Tigers. Oakland played its first doubleheader
since June 8, 2003, when it was swept at Philadelphia. The A's have
not swept a twinbill since Aug. 22, 1998, against Detroit.

In the second game, Frank Thomas hit a two-run homer in the
eighth off Ambiorix Burgos (3-5) for a 3-1 lead. Thomas' 26th homer
this season gave him 1,537 RBIs, tying Joe DiMaggio for 39th place.

Andres Blanco and David DeJesus singled off Justin Duchscherer
in the bottom half, and Esteban German hit a run-scoring grounder.

Huston Street relieved, Mark Teahen singled and Sweeney doubled
to left, taking third on the throw home. Emil Brown followed with a
sacrifice fly off Street, who blew a save for the eighth time in 37

Joe Nelson pitched the ninth for his second save in as many
chances. Kansas City starter Jorge De La Rosa gave up two hits and
four walks in five innings.

Oakland starter Esteban Loaiza gave up five hits and an unearned
run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out seven and walking none. He
allowed his only run when shortstop Marco Scutaro bobbled Reggie
Sanders' two-out grounder in the seventh and threw low to first as
Teahen scored.

Jay Payton had hit a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Game Notes
Kansas City played its 200th doubleheader, its second in
seven days. ... David DeJesus was hit by a pitch leading off the
first inning. It was the 10th time this season he has been hit,
which tied him for fourth in the AL. ... Kansas City was 5-for-17
with runners in scoring position after going 7-for-40 in its
previous four games.