OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -
hardly feels 100 percent, moving gingerly in the outfield and feeling his sore groin at the plate.
He still found enough strength to hit his first home run in more than a month and
also had a two-run homer Monday night to help
to his first win in July, leading the
Kansas City Royals
to a 4-2 victory over the
''Muy malo'' - very bad, he said in Spanish of his injury. ''I'm just trying to do my best. It's not easy but sometimes when
you're trying to help your team win, it doesn't matter.''
Greinke struck out a career-high 11 in 7 1-3 innings and Kansas City earned its first win in four tries this year against
the A's after being swept in the Coliseum from April 18-20. The Royals ended a four-game skid overall to Oakland and have
won 10 of their last 17 here.
Guillen hit a two-run drive in the first inning for his 14th of the season and first since June 23, Greinke won for the first
time since June 24, and Gordon's 12th homer of 2008 was his first since July 1. The ball seemed to carry nicely on a cool,
dreary night in the Bay Area. First-pitch temperature was just 57 degrees.
Guillen returned to the lineup after missing Sunday's victory over Tampa Bay because of a left groin injury that he aggravated
Saturday night. Manager Trey Hillman opted to give Guillen more rest Monday night, too. He was replaced in right field in
the middle of the seventh, with
coming in to play center and
moving to right for Guillen.
Gordon also had a pair of singles for Kansas City, his first three-hit game since May 28.
''Three-hit day for Alex,'' Hillman said. ''He looked much better at the plate. The ball got off the bat much better.''
Greinke (8-7) ended a five-start winless stretch in which he'd gone 0-3 since beating Colorado, when he struck out 10 and
didn't walk a batter. He also lost his first two starts after the All-Star break. The right-hander was done after allowing
's one-out RBI single in the eighth.
''A lot of these guys I didn't even know who they were. They just got called up,'' Greinke said. ''It's a lot tougher for
young hitters than it is for young pitchers in my opinion.''
His 11 Ks were the most by a Royals pitcher since
fanned 11 on June 17, 2001, in 5 1-3 innings at Milwaukee.
''I've been doing that a lot lately - more than usual,'' Greinke said of his strikeouts. ''Some were good pitches and some
of those pitches weren't good strikeout pitches. ... Maybe this will give me a little confidence.''
recorded the final three outs for his 28th save in 30 chances - matching the most saves ever in a single season for a Mexican-born
also had 28 for Detroit in 2002.
(2-1) struck out seven in 6 2-3 innings but didn't do enough in his second start of the year to help the A's get back on track
after the All-Star break. Oakland, which traded away talented starters
earlier this month, fell to 2-8 since the break - worst in the majors. The A's starting pitchers are 1-6 in 11 games since
Oakland snapped a three-game losing streak Sunday with a 6-5 win over Texas, but has dropped 10 of its last 12 games overall.
had three hits, including two infield singles.
''We've definitely seen some good pitching since the All-Star break, no doubt,'' A's manager
said. ''Greinke was 94 to 96 and he hit 97 with real good control tonight. He had two breaking balls going. It was a pretty
dominant performance on his behalf.''
struck out three times for the A's, increasing his AL lead to 134.
Notes: Injured A's DH
, recovering from a strained right quadriceps muscle, ran the bases for the fourth straight day and is encouraged by his progress
and increase in intensity. ''I ran like a track star,'' Thomas joked. ''Running is becoming easy. I ran straight and first
to third. I'm fine. That was a very big hurdle. That mental hesitation is gone.'' Thomas was scheduled to hit in a simulated
game Tuesday against injured RHP
. Foulke likely will leave on a rehab assignment in the coming days. ... Oakland's other ailing DH,
, could begin a rehab assignment for Triple-A Sacramento as soon as Friday. He is recovering from surgery on both knees.