KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The struggling Oakland Athletics took
advantage of some bumbling Kansas City defense to pile up their
most offense in more than three weeks, helping them snap a
nine-game losing streak with a 9-3 victory over the Royals on
Brandon McCarthy (4-3) came off the disabled list to throw six
innings, Jemile Weeks reached base four times and Josh Reddick had
a two-run triple during a four-run fifth for Oakland.
The A's nine runs surpassed their total from the previous six
One of the worst offenses in baseball hardly looked like it
against Luke Hochevar (3-6), who has become something of a salve
for scuffling attacks. The former first overall draft pick allowed
six runs in 4 2-3 innings, the sixth time he's failed to get past
the fifth this season.