Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Dan Straily delivers a pitch during the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
KANSAS CITY, MO - Dan Straily worked 6 1/3 shutout innings in just is third major league game, and the Oakland Athletics got solo home runs from Yoenis Cespedes and Coco Crisp in a 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals to avoid a three-game sweep at Kauffman Stadium.
Straily (1-0) gave up just three hits while striking out two to pick up his first career win.
Jemile Weeks knocked in a run and Derek Norris scored for the A's, who snapped a three-game skid.
Grant Balfour picked up his ninth save of the season after retiring the side in order in the ninth.
Eric Hosmer had two hits, and Billy Butler and Salvador Perez each added base hits for the Royals, who lost for just the third time in nine tries.
Luke Hochevar (7-11) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on four hits. He struck out five over seven-plus frames.
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