Royals Beat Left Hander, Stop Athletics

May 17, 2007

AP - May 17, 6:01 pm EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Kansas City Royals managed to win a game against a left-handed starter for the first time this year.

Scott Elarton got his first victory since last July, slumping Mike Sweeney had a pair of hits and the Royals defeated the Oakland Athletics 7-4 Thursday.

Kansas City, which had been 0-10 when opponents started lefties, got to Dallas Braden (1-3) early. Making his fourth major league start, Braden allowed five runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Elarton (1-0) gave up four runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, getting his first win since July 16 at Detroit. The right-hander made his second start of the season after missing the final 71 games last year and the first 36 this year because of shoulder surgery.

Zack Greinke and Jimmy Gobble each pitched an inning, David Riske got two outs and Joakim Soria finished for his eighth save in 10 chances.


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