Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Tommy Milone spun 8 1/3 stellar innings to help the Oakland Athletics beat the Kansas City Royals, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game set at Kauffman Stadium.
Milone (8-7) had a two-hit, complete-game shutout broken up in the ninth inning with one out. He yielded three runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
Grant Balfour was able to work out of what could have been a disastrous ninth inning to move to a perfect 22-for-22 in save opportunities. He tied Dennis Eckersley's club record with his 40th successful save.
Coco Crisp had three RBI while Josh Reddick finished with a double, triple and three runs scored for the A's, winners of eight of their last 10.
Wade Davis (4-7), who gave up six runs in one-plus innings in his previous outing, rebounded to give up three three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts.
Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez and Alcides Escobar each recorded an RBI for the Royals, who have scored just eight runs in four games against the A's.