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Joyce’s 3-run double rallies A’s past Royals 10-8

Associated Press - August 16, 2017 6:30 am

OAKLAND, Calif. — Royals manager Ned Yost played the percentages when he intentionally walked pinch-hitter Rajai Davis to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

The move, which came after Mike Minor’s wild pitch left first base open, ultimately cost Kansas City.

Matt Joyce hit a three-run double off Minor to cap a six-run eighth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied past the Royals 10-8 on Tuesday night.

Joyce also homered and had four RBI. Khris Davis added his 33rd home run and Matt Olson hit his fourth in five days to help the A’s clinch at least a tie for the season series between the former division rivals.

The loss ended Kansas City’s three-game winning streak and prevented the Royals from moving ahead of the Los Angeles Angels in the race for the second AL wild card.

The Royals hit three home runs in the top of the eighth, including Mike Moustakas’ 35th, to take a four-run lead before Oakland stormed back against relievers Joakim Soria and Minor (5-5).

Ryon Healy and Olson hit RBI singles off Soria. Matt Chapman and Chad Pinder struck out swinging, and light-hitting Rajai Davis was intentionally walked before Joyce lined a 1-0 pitch from Minor off the left-field wall.

Blake Treinen (1-0) retired five batters for his first AL win.

Drew Butera, Eric Hosmer and Moustakas homered as part of the Royals’ five-run eighth. Hosmer also had a two-run double and drove in four.

Kansas City blew a three-run lead and trailed 4-3 in the eighth before scoring three times off closer Santiago Casilla.

Butera homered after Alex Gordon’s five-pitch leadoff walk. It was Butera’s third home run, one shy of his career high set in 2016.

After Lorenzo Cain walked to chase Casilla, Hosmer and Moustakas hit back-to-back homers. It was Moustakas’ 35th home run, one shy of Steve Balboni’s franchise record set in 1985.

All three A’s home runs came off starter Jason Hammel. The right-hander, who spent half a season with Oakland in 2014, allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked one.