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Aviles, Buck homer
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Royals 5, Athletics 2
Mike Aviles is welcomed back to the dugout after scoring in the fourth. (Ben Margot/AP)
Right-hander Gil Meche continued his fine pitching, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings to even his record at 9-9. Mike Aviles tripled and scored, then hit a solo homer, and John Buck added a three-run shot in the seventh inning.
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Series at a glance:
KC
Kansas City (49-59)
Won 3
Kansas City 5, Oakland 2   OAK
Oakland (53-53)
Lost 2
July 29, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Kansas City
0 0 0 1 0 1 3 0 0   5 5 0
Oakland
0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0   2 6 1
Standings thru 7/29/08  |  Recap: KC | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Royals stats  |  Athletics stats
Kansas CityABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
DeJesus, CF-LF4000000.301
Aviles, M, SS4221001.318
Grudzielanek, 2B2001011.300
Guillen, RF2000120.259
  1-Maier, PR-CF1000011.091
Butler, DH3000101.259
Gordon, 3B4110011.253
Teahen, LF-RF4110013.248
Buck, C4113011.247
Gload, 1B3000000.266
Totals31555279 


1-Ran for Guillen in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Gordon (25, Smith).
3B: Aviles, M (2, Smith).
HR: Aviles, M (6, 6th inning off Smith, 0 on, 2 out), Buck (8, 7th inning off Smith, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Aviles, M 7; Gordon 2; Teahen; Buck 4.
RBI: Grudzielanek (24), Aviles, M (27), Buck 3 (37).
2-out RBI: Aviles, M; Buck 3.
SF: Grudzielanek.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
PO: DeJesus (1st base by Smith).

FIELDING
DP: (Grudzielanek-Aviles, M-Gload).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Patterson, LF4000013.188
  Bankston, 1B0000000.222
Sweeney, R, RF4000021.302
Suzuki, C3000100.298
Gonzalez, C, CF4000021.274
Cust, DH3110110.222
Ellis, 2B4121001.230
Hannahan, 1B-3B4020012.238
Crosby, SS4011012.246
Conrad, 3B2000021.158
  a-Brown, E, PH-LF0000100.246
Totals3226231011 

a-Walked for Conrad in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Crosby (27, Meche), Cust (10, Meche), Ellis (19, Meche).
TB: Cust 2; Ellis 3; Hannahan 2; Crosby 2.
RBI: Ellis (36), Crosby (42).
2-out RBI: Ellis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sweeney, R; Patterson.
GIDP: Gonzalez, C.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Hannahan (10, missed catch).
Pickoffs: Smith (DeJesus at 1st base).

 
Kansas CityIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meche (W, 9-9)7.05222804.22
Mahay (H, 18)1.00001001.78
Soria (S, 29)1.01000201.50
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Smith (L, 5-10)7.04552524.04
Blevins 1.00000100.73
DiNardo 1.01000107.31

HBP: Grudzielanek (by Blevins).
Pitches-strikes: Meche 101-64, Mahay 8-4, Soria 19-13, Smith 95-63, Blevins 15-9, DiNardo 19-12.
Ground outs-fly outs: Meche 5-8, Mahay 3-0, Soria 0-1, Smith 6-9, Blevins 2-0, DiNardo 1-1.
Batters faced: Meche 28, Mahay 3, Soria 4, Smith 27, Blevins 4, DiNardo 4.
Umpires: HP: Brian Knight. 1B: Ed Montague. 2B: Jim Wolf. 3B: Phil Cuzzi.
Weather: 61 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:25.
Att: 12,182.
July 29, 2008

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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