Royals Push Past A's
Associated Press - Thu 05:48 AM 08/16/2012
Kansas City Royals' Lorenzo Cain hits an RBI-double off Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy (AP).
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Will Smith pitched seven strong innings, Chris Getz doubled home the go-ahead run and the Kansas City Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Wednesday night.
Smith (4-4), a 23-year-old rookie left-hander, limited the A's to two runs and five hits, while striking out five and walking one. With two outs in the seventh, Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain and Getz hit consecutive doubles, the first Kansas City extra-base hits of the game. Cain, who was in a 2-for-24 skid, doubled home Hosmer to tie the score.
Left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle was brought in to face Getz. After fouling off five pitches with two strikes, Getz stroked an opposite-field double on the 11th pitch to bring home Cain.
A's starter Brandon McCarthy (6-4) lost for the first time since April 21, snapping his career-best six-game winning streak.