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KC@OAK: Butler's double puts Royals on top in 12th

OAKLAND -- Alex Gordon got back into the swing of things, Billy Butler continues to hit and the Kansas City pitching staff continues to impress.

Those things don't always add up to victories, though, as the Royals discovered the hard way on Wednesday afternoon.

Jonathan Broxton lost his fastball command and the Royals lost a game they could have won, dropping a 5-4 decision in 12 innings to the A's at Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday.

The Royals who took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 12th only to see it slip away in the bottom half, ended their first road trip with a 3-3 mark.

But they got a lift from Gordon, who ended an 18-at-bat hitless drought with a pair of hits, including a home run. He drove in two runs.

"I was getting frustrated for sure," Gordon said. "Being the leadoff hitter and thinking of myself as a team leader, it felt good to get a couple of hits. A win would have made it a lot better. We just have to keep pur heads up because our offense will be just fine."

Billy Butler's two-out double in the top of the 12th inning put the Royals up 4-3. Butler also hit a home run for the Royals, who get their first day off of the young season before meeting the Indians in their home opener at Kauffman Stadium on Friday afternoon.

"It's been a good road trip in terms of pitching," Royals' manager Ned Yost said. "The bullpen did a phenomanal job of keeping us in the game and giving us a chance. We kept waiting for the big hit, which we finally got on Billy's double."

Broxton struck out Daric Barton to open the 12th and got pinch hitter Seth Smith to hit an infield grounder that Alcides Escobar couldn't handle for an error.

Broxton then proceeded to walk Jemile Weeks and Eric Sogard to load the bases ahead of Coco Crisp's infield groundout that allowed the tying run to score. Broxton hit Yoenis Cespedes to reload the bases and then hit Jonny Gomes to force in the winning run.

"I just wasn't very good today with the walks and everything," Broxton said. "I started out good and then I just didn't have it."

Bruce Chen turned in a decent enough outing, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three and needed 102 pitches to get through his outing.

Chen left with the Royals down 3-2, but Gordon's seventh-inning home run off Brian Fuentes took him off the hook. Chen pitched six scoreless innings in his first start, also a no-decision.

"Guys had some good at-bats, but it was a bit of an odd game," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "It looked for a while there we had it lined up. We had a good chance to win it in regulation, but Gordon got a ball out over the plate and tied it up."

Greg Holland was another bright spot for the Royals, retiring all six batters he faced, including three strikeouts. He allowed four hits and a walk to the first 10 hitters he faced this year. Tim Collins added another two scoreless innings to keep Oakland at bay.

"It was a tough loss but at the same time it does feel good to get back in the groove," Holland said. "I felt like I was pitching good in Anaheim and it was just timely hitting. Our pitching staff has been good, especially the starters. They took a lot of heat last year for us not doing well but so far they have carried us deep into games."

A's starter Brandon McCarthy retired the first seven Royals he faced before Brayan Pena doubled and eventually scored on Gordon's single, his first hit of the year.

Butler made it 2-1 with his second home run of the season, a one-out solo shot in the fourth.

Chen walked Cespedes ahead of Gomes' two-run home run that put the A's ahead, 3-2, in the fourth. Comments