Royals 2, Athletics 0

Alex Gordon and Brayan Pena combined on a play at the plate to

preserve a shutout for Vin Mazzaro and three Royals relievers.

Mazzaro pitched six innings to help the Royals beat up on

punchless Oakland again, 2-0 Sunday.

The Athletics are hitting .209 on the season, have been shut out

in three of their past four games and have lost 10 of 11


In the fifth inning, Josh Reddick hit a foul fly ball that

Gordon caught near the seats. Adam Rosales tagged up at third, as

Gordon let fly. The throw beat Rosales, who tried but failed to jar

the ball loose from catcher Brayan Pena.

No luck.

”It was just a reaction play,” Gordon said. ”I thought it was

in the stands when he hit it. It kind of crossed my mind should I

catch it or let it drop. It was just one of those bang-bang plays.

I caught it, bobbled it and just tried to chuck it over (Rosales’)

head a little bit. I put it right there. It was definitely a good

time of the game for that to happen. It gave us some


Gordon, who moved from third base to the outfield only two years

ago, won a Gold Glove last year.

”I thought that was a phenomenal play,” Royals manager Ned

Yost said. ”I thought the ball was going to be in the stands. The

thing that was impressive was Alex didn’t give up on it. He caught

the ball on the dead run and made a tremendous throw to the plate

over the runner. That was a good hit Pena took. The runner had time

to plow into him.”

Eric Hosmer homered and Mazzaro (2-0), who pitched for the A’s

from 2009-10 before being traded to the Royals, allowed four

singles, walked three and struck out three.

Mazzaro escaped a bases-loaded jam in the first after giving up

singles to Collin Cowgill and Josh Reddick and walking Kila

Ka’aihue. Brandon Inge grounded out to end the inning.

”I thought we had our opportunities early and we didn’t

score,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. ”Mazzaro got better as the

game went along. (Tommy) Milone pitched the way he’s been pitching

all year. He got in some jams a couple of times. But you give up

two runs, you keep your team in the game with a chance to win. You

expect to score at least two runs every game.”

Relievers Kelvin Herrera, Greg Holland and Jonathan Broxton gave

up one hit in one inning each to complete the Royals’ fifth shutout

of the year. Broxton got his 13th save in 15 opportunities.

Hosmer homered to center field leading off the second against

Milone (6-5). It was Hosmer’s first home run of the season off a

left-handed pitcher.

The Royals got another run in the fifth when Johnny Giavotella’s

single scored Jarrod Dyson, who started the inning with a single

and stole second.

Milone gave up eight hits in seven innings and matched his

career high with six strikeouts. He tossed eight scoreless innings

and allowed three hits to beat the Royals 1-0 on April 9 in his A’s


Oakland’s Cliff Pennington went 0 for 3 with a sacrifice bunt

and is hitless in his past 29 at-bats, the longest drought of his


NOTES: A’s 2B Jemile Weeks was held out of the lineup with a hip

strain, which he hurt Saturday. Rosales replaced him at second

base. Weeks grounded out to end the game as a pinch hitter,

snapping his nine-game hitting streak. … Royals 3B Mike

Moustakas, who is hitting .239 with only two RBIs against

left-handed pitching, was held out of the lineup. Yuniesky

Betancourt made his second start at third base. Moustakas entered

in the eighth as a defensive replacement and singled in his only

at-bat. … The Royals will open a series Monday against Minnesota

with LHP Will Smith making his third major league start. The A’s

open a homestand Monday with rookie RHP Jarrod Parker starting

against the Texas Rangers.