(Kansas City, MO)  — The Kansas City Royals did all their damage in the fifth inning to defeat the Oakland Athletics, 5-0 Tuesday.  Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon each singled in a run while Chris Getz and Billy Butler added sacrifice flies while Alcides Escobar drove in a run on a ground out. Royals hurler Jeremy Guthrie struck out eight across seven innings, giving up just three-hits to pick up the win.  Kansas City has won five of its last seven games.  Jarrod Parker allowed four earned runs across four-and-two-thirds innings to suffer the loss for Oakland.  The A’s have dropped three of their last four contests.

Royals starter and winner Jeremy Guthrie says he pitched much better this time out against the A’s.

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Royals manager Ned Yost says they got plenty of run support with the five-run fifth inning.

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Kansas City and Oakland will go at it again in K.C. with the second of three games in this series. Lefty Will Smith will take the mound for the Royals facing the A’s right hander Brandon McCarthy; first pitch at 7:10 this evening.

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(St. Louis, MO)  — Matt Holliday and Jon Jay each homered and plated two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals crushed the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-2, in the opener of a three-game set in the Gateway city. Matt Carpenter laced a pinch-hit, two-run double for St. Louis, which has won three-of-five.  Joe Kelly struck out six over six-and-a-third innings of two-run ball to improve to 3-and-5.  Miguel Montero launched a two-run homer for Arizona, which has dropped three of their last four. Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy allowed five runs, three earned, in six-plus innings to fall to 10-and-10.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny says Joe Kelly was terrific on the mound.

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Cardinals second baseman Skip Schumaker says this is a great way to start their nine-game home stand.

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The two teams will face each other in the second of a three game set tonight in St. Louis. Adam Wainwright gets the start against Diamondback lefty Joe Saunders; first pitch at 7:15 p.m.

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(TULSA, Okla.) – In the first of three exhibition matches, the Missouri State mens soccer team came from behind for a 2-1 victory over Tulsa Tuesday evening at the Hurricane Soccer and Track Stadium. Bears head coach Jon Leamy said they did good things defensively and played better as a unit, which created good goal-scoring opportunities. Leamy did say though that there were some negatives and some things still need to be worked on.

Tulsa’s Cristian Mata put up the first points of the game and gave the Hurricanes a lead in the 41st minute taking a pass from Miguel Zapata. The Bears registered five shots with two on goal in the first half, while Tulsa got their 1-0 lead into the break with three shots, which would be all the Bears’ defense would allow in the game, holding the Hurricanes without a shot in the final 45 minutes. Missouri State’s strong defense allowed the offense it’s opportunities.

Sophomore Brandon Besong scored the tying shot in the 67th minute while Fellow sophomore Parker Maher jammed the ball into the goal off a deflection from another player and the goalie.

One of the top scorers for the Bears in 2011, Junior Cole Alexander, got by the goalie and scored the game winner with less than five minutes remaining.

Missouri State finished with 10 shots, seven on goal. Tulsa was only able to generate 7 shots total with just two shots on goal.

MSU will play another exhibition match on the road as they get ready for the season with a match up against a conference opponent this Friday, August 17.