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Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single

Perez Sends Royals into ALDS with 12th Inning Single

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — Salvador Perez’s walk-off single with two outs in the 12th sent the Kansas City Royals past the Oakland Athletics 9-8 Tuesday night, in the American League Wild Card game.

After the Athletics took the lead in the top of the 12th on an Alberto Callaspo RBI single, the Royals answered back. Eric Hosmer hit a triple and then scored the tying run on Christian Colon’s RBI infield single. Colon then stole second base before scoring the game-winner on Perez’s clutch hit.

“This will go down as the craziest game I’ve ever played,” Hosmer said. “This team showed a lot of character. No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season.”

Hosmer is right, the game was pretty crazy. The Royals, who were playing in their first postseason since 1985, were leading 3-2 in the sixth inning when starting pitcher James Shields allowed a hit and then walked a batter. That prompted Kansas City skipper Ned Yost to pull Shields for rookie Yordano Ventura. Ventura then allowed a three-run home run to Brandon Moss, his second homer of the game, to make it 5-3. The A’s added two more runs that inning, creating a deficit that appeared the Royals would not overcome. But Kansas City clawed out three runs in the eighth and Norichicka Aoki’s sacrifice fly in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.

This is the Athletics seventh-straight loss in a winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

The Royals now advance to take on the Los Angeles Angels in their best-of-five Division Series. Game 1 is Thursday night in Los Angeles.

 

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Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Athletics Rally Past Astros in the 9th Inning

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — The Oakland Athletics have proved once again why they very well may be the best team in all of Major League Baseball. On Tuesday night, Oakland scored six runs in the ninth inning to rally back and defeat the Houston Astros, 7-4.

Trailing 4-1 in the ninth inning, the Athletics were able to get the best of closer Chad Qualls.

Alberto Callaspo started the rally as he single home both Derek Norris and Josh Reddick. Yoenis Cespedes proceeded to tie the game with an RBI single.

With the game tied at 4, Brandon Moss was the hero as he singled home Jed Lowrie, giving Oakland a 5-4 lead.

“It had not been a very good day until that last at-bat,” Moss said. “I was just trying to battle, stay on the ball a little bit. Get on base any way I could. If I got a good pitch to hit, hit it hard.”

Josh Donaldson gave the team some insurance runs as he later doubled home Yoenis Cespedes and Moss.

The Athletics are now 66-40, and have the best record in all of Major League Baseball.

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A’s Shutout Angels 6-0 Behind Bartolo Colon

A’s Shutout Angels 6-0 Behind Bartolo Colon

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics continue to prove that they’re not going anywhere in the AL West after dominating the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 behind another stellar outing from Bartolo Colon.
The 40-year-old …

A’s Shut Out Angels 6-0 Behind Bartolo Colon

A’s Shut Out Angels 6-0 Behind Bartolo Colon

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Oakland Athletics continue to prove that they’re not going anywhere in the AL West after dominating the Los Angeles Angels 6-0 behind another stellar outing from Bartolo Colon.
The 40-year-old …

Athletics Stun Angels 10-8 In 19 Inning Marathon

Athletics Stun Angels 10-8 In 19 Inning Marathon

Rob Carr/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) —  After 19 innings of baseball, Brandon Moss decided enough was enough.
He crushed a walkoff two-run home run in the bottom of the 19th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 10-8 win over the Los Angele…

Athletics Complete Comeback, Win AL West

Athletics Complete Comeback, Win AL West

Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Oakland Athletics completed their improbable 13-game comeback, taking first place from the Texas Rangers (93-69) on the final day of the season by beating them 12-5.
Not only did the Athletics c…

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