Aviles’ sac fly beats A’s 4-3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Mike Aviles’ sacrifice fly scored Jarrod Dyson from third base Saturday night, lifting Kansas City past Oakland 4-3, the Royals’ sixth walkoff win this season.
Billy Butler singled leading off the ninth against Brandon McCarthy (1-3), who experienced his second complete-game loss of the year.
Dyson, a pinch-runner, sped to third when Jeff Francoeur singled. Rookie Eric Hosmer, who earlier singled for his first major league hit, was walked intentionally, bringing Aviles to the plate.
Joakim Soria (2-0) worked the ninth and got the victory.
McCarthy, who retired the first 14 batters, went eight innings plus four batters, gave up seven hits and four runs, with two walks and three strikeouts. He lost a complete game 1-0 decision to Seattle on April 21.
Luke Hochevar, trying to beat Oakland for the first time in five decisions, was locked in a scoreless duel with McCarthy until the fifth when Butler’s sacrifice fly capped a 3-run inning
After Andy LaRoche singled leading off the Oakland eighth, just the fourth hit off Hochevar, rookie Aaron Crow came out of the bullpen with a streak of 15 1-3 scoreless innings to start his career.
The right-hander had retired the first 13 batters he faced. But Kevin Kouzmanoff snapped that with a single. Cliff Pennington, the next batter, slammed Crow’s 2-1 pitch into the visitor’s bullpen, tying it 3-all with the first runs Crow had allowed as a major leaguer.
Hochevar came in with an 0-5 record and a 9.00 ERA against the A’s but retired the first 11 batters while McCarthy was setting down the first 14 Royals.