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Rally comes up shy as Royals fall to A's, 6-3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Royals finally managed to knock Oakland starter Tommy Milone from the game with one out in the ninth inning Friday night.

Then they had to contend with Grant Balfour.

The Royals tacked on another run before Balfour retired the final two batters with two aboard to preserve a 6-3 victory and earn his 40th straight save, tying Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley's franchise record.

"He was throwing it in a shoebox. He was hitting every spot," the Royals' Billy Butler said of Milone, who had been battered in his last three starts. "He ...


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