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Mazzaro ends losing skid as A's beat Royals

Oakland Athletics' Scott Hairston (12) drives the ball into left for a two-run single as Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena looks on.
Oakland Athletics' Scott Hairston (12) drives the ball into left for a two-run single as Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena looks on.
Ed Zurga, Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, MO. — Vin Mazzaro ended a personal eight-game losing streak and Cliff Pennington had his first career three-hit game as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Kansas City Royals 9-4 on Friday night.

Mazzaro (3-8), a 22-year-old rookie right-hander, picked up his first victory since June 7. He gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked four.

Pennington contributed two doubles, two RBIs and scored two runs. Scott Hairston drove in three runs, while Ryan Sweeney, who was in a 1-for-14 skid, homered in the eighth.

The A's sent 10 men to the plate in a five-run fourth to take a 7-1 lead. The inning included a two-run Pennington double and a two-run Hairston single. Jack Cust, who led off the inning with a single, scored on a Brian Bannister wild pitch. Bannister walked Tommy Everidge and Adam Kennedy that inning and both scored. Brayan Pena was also charged with a passed ball in the fourth.

Bannister (7-8) took the loss as he was charged with seven runs, matching his season high, an seven hits in four innings.

The Royals chipped away at the Oakland lead with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to trim the lead to 7-4. David DeJesus, who had three of the 14 Kansas City hits, stroked a run-producing triple in the fourth and a RBI double in the sixth. Mike Jacobs' single in the fifth scored Billy Butler, who had two hits and walked.

The Royals threatened in the eighth with DeJesus and Josh Anderson singling, but Butler grounded into an inning ending double play.

The A's manufactured a run in the third, which Pennington led off with a double, advanced to third on Kennedy's sacrifice fly and scored on Rajai Davis' sacrifice fly. Everidge's single in the second scored Kurt Suzuki with the first Oakland run.

Hairston's ninth inning double scored Davis for the final run.

NOTES: Royals RHP Zack Greinke, who starts Saturday, has not won against an American League opponent since May 26. Although Greinke tops the American League with a 2.36 ERA, he is 0-4 since a June 28 victory at Pittsburgh. ... The A's are 22-33 on the road, the third worst mark in the AL. ...Bannister's two wild pitches brought the Royals' total to 63, which leads the majors. ...The Royals have lost 12 of 14 home games since the All-Star break.