KANSAS CITY, Mo.(AP)
's statistics say he's been dominant all season. His lack of wins against the American League over the past couple of months
tells a different story.
Greinke earned his first win over an American League club since May 26,
each had three hits and drove in three runs and the
Kansas City Royals
12-6 Saturday night.
Greinke was 0-5 and the Royals were winless in his previous nine starts against AL teams before going seven innings and allowing
three runs on seven hits for his first victory since June 28 at Pittsburgh. He struck out five and ranks second in the AL
with 167. He league-leading ERA rose to 2.43.
''I know that's all that matters, but I don't focus a whole lot on wins cause you can't really control them completely,''
Greinke said. ''Just like today, I pitched terrible and we won. Winning today really wasn't me, it was everyone. When we got
a couple of runs lead, it makes it a lot easier to pitch, so you can attack guys. You're just a little more free out there.''
Butler had three doubles and every Royals starter had at least one hit and scored a run. Jacobs and
hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fourth.
Greinke gave up all his runs in the second and after that the A's had just three hits and no runner made it past second base
off him over the next five innings.
''I pitched terrible the second inning,'' Greinke said. ''The rest of the way there were still some line drives hit and it
was a solid played game behind me and that helped out.''
Greinke threw 46 pitches in the first two innings.
''We had him where we wanted,'' A's manager
said. ''His pitch count was way up and we were getting good swings. Then he started hitting his spots. When they went ahead
I'm sure it gave him a lot of extra life. When they got him a lot of runs, he just cruised.''
(0-1), who was making his first big league start, gave up eight runs on eight hits and three walks in four-plus innings, after
striking out five of the first eight batters he faced.
''Adrenalin was a big part, for sure,'' Mortensen said. ''My slider was the only good pitch I could throw for a strike, which
is a negative because you don't really want to show them that pitch too much early on. I never could get a good feel for my
fastball and I fell behind in a lot of counts, which, with these guys, is setting yourself up for disaster. It's all kind
of a blur.''
Jacobs homered into the right-field fountains with
aboard in the four-run fourth. Olivo homered to center four pitches later. The two share the club lead with 15 home runs.
It was the fourth time this year the Royals have hit consecutive home runs. Jacobs also had a RBI single in the eighth and
is 7 for 11 in his past four games.
''Back-to-back home runs are always exciting,'' Royals manager Trey Hillman said. ''It's been pretty exciting to see the good
adjustments Jacobs has made. If he's hitting, it gives us a chance to drive the ball and score more runs.''
' sacrifice fly scored
with the other run in the fourth. DeJesus also contributed a RBI double in the third and scored on Butler's sacrifice fly.
The Royals chased Mortensen, who was acquired July 24 from St. Louis as part of the
trade, in the fifth.
replaced Mortensen after Butler led off the inning with a double and
had a bunt single. Callaspo had a RBI single and Teahen scored on a wild pitch.
Butler also added RBI doubles in the sixth and eighth innings. His three doubles give him 36, tied for second in the AL.
homered in a three-run ninth off
. It was the second time in his career Soria had allowed two homers in a game.
, who is one of six Royals on the disabled list, threw 85 pitches in five innings Saturday in a minor league rehab start with
Triple-A Omaha against Las Vegas. He allowed one run on three hits, walked three and struck out two. ... The A's placed LHP
on the disabled list with a left foot rash and recalled OF
, who was hitting .300 in 65 games with Triple-A Sacramento.