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Balfour gets 40th straight save as A’s beat Royals

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David Lough (7) of the Kansas City Royals beats the tag from Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard during a baseball game on Friday in Kansas City, Mo.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tommy Milone shut out the Kansas City Royals for eight innings, and then got in just enough trouble in the ninth to ensure that Grant Balfour would have a nice, easy save chance.
A save that will go down in Oakland history, too.
Balfour gave up a run-scoring single to Billy Butler before retiring the final two batters of the game Friday night, preserving the A’s 6-3 victory and notching his 40th consecutive save to tie Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley’s franchise record.
“You know, it’s an accomplishment. Definitely,” Balfour said. “I don’t ...

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