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MLB: Oakland 6, Kansas City 3

July 5, 2013 at 11:06 PM

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 5 (UPI) -- Tommy Milone took a shutout into the ninth inning Friday and Coco Crisp drove in three runs to bring Oakland a 6-3 triumph over Kansas City.

Milone (8-7) limited the Royals to two hits through eight innings before giving up two doubles and two singles in succession with one away in the ninth.

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Grant Balfour came on with one out and two on and eventually recorded his 22nd save.

Crisp produced a sacrifice fly in the fifth that gave the Athletics a 3-0 lead and he singled home two more runs during Oakland's three-run ninth inning.

Those insurance runs turned out to be vital when the Royals tried to put together a rally in the bottom half of the inning.

Oakland opened a six-game road trip that will also take the Athletics to Pittsburgh for three contests between two of baseball's top teams.

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