OAKLAND, Calif. — Adam Rosales hit a go-ahead home run leading off the eighth inning, Josh Donaldson also connected and the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Friday night.
Sean Doolittle (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win in relief of Jarrod Parker as the reigning AL West champions earned just their third victory in the last 11 games.
Oakland finally got to James Shields (2-4) in the late innings, nearly 10 months after he pitched a three-hit shutout here last July 31 for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
David Lough hit an RBI double hours after his promotion from the minors, and also made a great throw to get Brandon Moss at second as he tried to stretch a leadoff single in the fourth.