OAKLAND, Calif.(AP) Oakland's
called a hitters' only meeting as soon as he arrived at the ballpark Tuesday to get the attention of some of the team's younger
Then the Athletics' shortstop went out and gave his teammates an example of what he was talking about.
Cabrera had three hits and four RBIs,
hit a three-run homer in a seven-run second inning and the A's broke out of a season-long slump to beat the
Kansas City Royals
12-3 on Tuesday night.
''I told the young guys, we're not going to win every game but at least we have to pick the way that we're going to lose,''
said Cabrera, who spoke at the meeting along with fellow veterans
. ''If we're going to lose, we're going to lose playing hard, giving everything. We were playing hard but you have to do that
every time, every single play.''
Two days after getting shut out by Texas, the A's set a season-high for runs while pounding out 13 hits to snap a two-game
Matt Holiday added two hits and two RBIs and
(2-2) pitched six innings for the win as the A's handed the Royals their fourth straight loss.
The 12 runs were the most by the A's since beating Arizona 15-1 on June 17, 2008. Every Oakland starter scored at least one
run and all but one - second baseman
- had at least one hit.
''I liked the approach, they were aggressive for the first pitch,'' Oakland manager
said. ''We had the big inning and it seemed like nobody wanted to make the last out. Whenever they made mistakes, we were
right on it.''
homered and had three hits for Kansas City, which remains percentage points behind Detroit in the AL Central.
homered for the Royals.
''Today was a bad day at work, it really was,'' Kansas City manager Trey Hillman said. ''Obviously we didn't pitch very well.
I know the A's have been wanting to wake those bats up and I'm not real excited about the fact that it was us that did it.''
Most of the damage by Oakland came against Kansas City starter
(0-1), who gave up eight runs in three innings after being called up from the minors on Sunday.
The runs were a rare sight for Cahill. The A's had scored only one run in each of his previous two starts and had scored more
than two runs only once when he was on the mound.
Staked to the big lead, the right-hander worked efficiently and effectively after giving up consecutive four-pitch walks in
the first inning. Cahill scattered seven hits with two walks and two strikeouts.
''That's how I've been my whole life,'' Cahill said. ''It just takes awhile to get settled in.''
and Jeremy Blevins each pitched one inning for Oakland.
Giambi, who remains one home run shy of 400 for his career, got the A's going in the first with a run-scoring double.
Oakland then sent 11 batters to the plate in the second to break the game open.
had an RBI double, Cabrera added a two-run single and Holliday drove in a run with a hit before Cust's towering three-run
''We'll probably call another meeting tomorrow,'' Cabrera joked.
Hochevar was called up from Triple-A Omaha on Sunday after closer
was placed on the disabled list with a strained right rotator cuff.
''It wasn't good at all,'' Hochevar said. ''I've never had a start like that. But I just have to flush it and move on to the
next start. The inning just kept rolling, my ball was up and the breaking stuff was hanging. I was a little over-ampped up
but then again you have to flush the nerves as well and go out and do your thing.''
Notes: Hochevar had not given up a run in 21 straight innings in the minors before being called up. ... The A's had lost six
straight to the Royals. ... Oakland 3B
underwent an MRI which revealed a bulging disk in his back. Chavez, who has been on the DL since May 1 with a strained right
forearm, is scheduled to have additional tests performed in Phoenix. ... Kansas City RHP
has not allowed a run in his last seven innings.