Stopping Kansas City's winning streak at eight, the Oakland A's abused KC starter Jeremy Guthrie and reliever Bruce Chen for 20 hits in an 11-3 romp.
After Guthrie had allowed 11 hits and six runs, Aaron Crow came on to get one batter to end the fifth. Chen worked the rest of the game, already out of hand.
Josh Donaldson drove in a pair of runs off Guthrie with a single and a sac fly and made sure to disrespect Chen, hitting solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings. Donaldson went 3-for-5 with four RBI, scoring three times.
The A's maintained their 3 1/2 game lead over the Angels in the West, while KC held onto their slim lead in the Central, holding off the Tigers by 1/2-game, as Detroit lost their second straight at Pittsburgh, 4-2. The Tigers have lost four in a row.
Tied at a game apiece, the four game series between the A's and Royals resumes Wednesday at 8:10 pm in Kansas City.
|Fister: 7 scoreless|
While the Dodgers were bopping the Braves 4-2, Doug Fister was leaving Mets all over the bases in a 7-1 Nationals win, allowing seven hits and stranding all of them as he shut out the Mets over seven innings for his seventh win in his last nine starts, boosting his season record to 12-3.
Fister, who joined the Nationals this year after two seasons in Seattle and two in Detroit, has been on a roll, allowing just two earned runs in his last four starts, spanning 28 1/3 innings. He's currently on a scoreless streak of 14 1/3 innings.
On Tuesday night, Fister threw 107 pitches and bore down when he had runners on base, stranding single runners in the second, fourth and fifth innings, and leaving two aboard in each of the sixth and seventh.
The Nationals advanced another game on second place Atlanta and now lead the East division by five games. Miami is six back.
Game two of the three-game series at Citi Field in New York starts at 7:10 pm EDT on Wednesday.