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Defiant Royals outfox A’s in Wild Card game

The Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in a thrilling, 12-inning do-or-die Wild Card playoff on Tuesday to eke out a victory in their first postseason game for 29 years. Salvador Perez, who had twice failed to drive in runners on third base earlier in the game, pulled a two-out base hit past diving third baseman Josh Donaldson to score Christian Colon and end a nearly five-hour battle. Colon, whose infield single scored Eric Hosmer with the tying run, had reached second by recording the seventh stolen base for a fleet-footed Royals team that had rallied in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings. « This is the craziest game I ever played, » said Hosmer, who began the winning rally with a one-out triple high off the wall in left-center. « No one believed in us before the game. No one believed in us before the season. » The action-packed victory in the one-game showdown that launched MLB’s postseason sent Kansas City to a best-of-five AL Divisional Series against the Angels starting in Los Angeles on Thursday. The National League Wild Card playoff is set for Wednesday between the visiting San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates. MOSS MASHES Oakland slugger Brandon Moss had powered the A’s to a 7-3 lead with a pair of home runs and five runs batted in, but the Royals closed the gap with a three-run rally in the eighth. The Royals, dead last in the major leagues with 95 home runs, stole four bases in the inning and had runners on second and third with one out before A’s reliever Luke Gregerson struck out Perez and Omar Infante to end the threat. Kansas City tied it in the ninth using their speed to build another rally. Pinch-hitting slugger Josh Willingham led off with a bloop single and pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson was bunted over to second. Dyson stole third base in a daring dash and scored on a long sacrifice fly by Norichika Aoki off Oakland closer Sean Doolittle that ignited thundering roars from home fans decked out in Royal blue. ROLLER-COASTER RIDE The A’s looked like they were back in charge when pinch-hitter Alberto Callaspo singled home Josh Reddick for an 8-7 lead in the top of the 12th but the Royals had other ideas. Oakland A’s manager Bob Melvin was stunned by the sudden turnaround. « How am I feeling? I’m not feeling very good, » Melvin said to reporters. « It was a great game. Both teams played well and played hard. (But) We want to win the game. » The A’s used six pitchers and Kansas City used seven, while the teams combined to field 28 position players in the marathon. After Moss’s home run barrage, the Royals trailed 7-3 in the sixth. « It’s a battle, we’re battling for our season, » said Hosmer. « This team showed a lot of character tonight. It was a roller-coaster ride, just kept going back and forth, and back and forth. » Oakland starter Jon Lester struggled to explain the loss. « That’s a tough one, » said Lester. « It’s a weird game. You don’t see games like that in the playoffs too often. « Unfortunately, we were on the bad end of that one. » (Writing by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by John O’Brien). Kevin Streelman set a PGA Tour record when he birdied the final seven holes for an astonishing one-stroke victory at the Travelers Championship on Sunday. Streelman came from nowhere, one-putting the final 10 holes and storming home in 28 strokes on the back nine to clinch his second tour title with a six-under-par 64 at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. His seven birdies to finish and win is a tour record, supplanting Mike Souchak’s previous mark of six straight from the 1956 St. Paul Open. Mark Calcavecchia holds the record for most consecutive birdies on tour at nine, set at the 2009 Canadian Open. « It’s nuts, » an emotional Streelman told Golf Channel after finishing at 15-under 265, one stroke ahead of Spaniard Sergio Garcia (67) and South Korean K.J. Choi (67), while Australian Aaron Baddeley (69) bogeyed the last to finish two strokes behind. « I made a great putt on nine (and) had tough up-and-downs on 10 and 11 (for par). Those saved the round, » said Streelman, who arrived at the tournament previously known as the Greater Hartford Open in terrible form, having missed four straight cuts. But it all came together when he stepped to the 12th tee on Sunday. « I started flushing it and made a bunch of putts. It was just a dream-come-true back nine. » Streelman, 35, who bounced around on mini-tours for half a dozen years before making the tour, collected $1.116 million. His victory was made even more unlikely by the way he made his closing birdies. His 35-footer at the 16th looked to be missing to the left, but it curled around almost behind the hole and somehow dropped in. Then, at the 17th, he almost missed a three-footer, his putt barely sneaking in the side door. And his eight-foot birdie at the final hole was not exactly in the middle, breaking to the right before it dropped. Garcia, meanwhile, continued his strong form. « Today I felt like I played quite well, » he said. « I fought hard, gave myself some chances. » (Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina, editing by Gene Cherry).

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