A’s Beat Royals 5-4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals (3-3, 3-3 away) lost a heartbreaking rubber match in extra innings to the Oakland Athletics (3-4, 3-4 home) on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland, Calif.

The A’s got on the board first when a throwing error by Royals catcher Brayan Pena scored A’s center fielder Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning.

In the fourth inning, Royals designated hitter Billy Butler crushed his second home run of the season to give Kansas City a 2-1 lead. A’s DH Jonny Gomes answered with a 2 run blast to put Oakland back on top, 3-2.

After getting his first hit of 2012 earlier in the game, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit a solo HR in the seventh to tie the game at 3-3.

The Royals bullpen pitched a beauty. Relievers Kelvin Herrera, Jose Mijares, Greg Holland, and Tim Collins combined for six innings, two hits, one walk, and eight strikeouts.

In the 12th inning, the Royals got the lead back when Butler hit an RBI double to left field that scored Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer.

Then, the wheels fell off. Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar recorded an error after he botched a routine grounder. A’s left fielder Coco Crisp hit a sacrifice RBI to tie the game, and Royals closer Jonathan Broxton beamed Cespedes to load the bases.

Broxton (0-1) then beamed Gomes. The A’s beat the Royals 5-4 in 12 innings on a walk off hit by pitch.

Royals starter Luke Hochevar (1-0) will take the mound for the Royals home opener on Friday afternoon against the Cleveland Indians

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