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Dye, Royals Rally Past A's


The day was memorable for the Kansas City Royals even before it began. And then they came back with one of their more memorable wins of the 1990s.

As George Brett made his emotional Hall of Fame induction speech in Cooperstown, N.Y., the Royals trailed Oakland 11-5 in the sixth inning.

Then Kansas City rallied to send Sunday's game into extra innings, and Jermaine Dye hit a two-run homer in the 10th that gave Kansas City a 13-11 win over the Oakland Athletics.

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  • "With all the excitement surrounding George getting inducted and all the fans who stayed at the ballpark rooting us on, it made it even more special for us to come back," Dye said.

    John Jaha homered twice and drove in five runs for Oakland in the sweltering 100-degree heat, including the A's second grand slam of the series.

    Joe Randa hit a three-run shot in the third off Blake Stein that tied the score at 5 and added a two-run shot off Billy Taylor in the ninth that pulled Kansas City to 11-10. The five RBIs were a career high.

    "No one is as happy and proud of George as us," Randa said. "He was with us in spring training, working with us. We wish we could be there with George right now. Hopefully, he'll see the score and see that we came back and got a victory."

    After Randa's homer in the ninth, the Royals loaded the bases on singles by Jeremy Giambi and Tim Spehr and an intentional walk to Johnny Damon.

    After Taylor struck out Carlos Febles, Scott Pose hit a grounder up the middle that second baseman Jorge Velandia stopped with a dive as the tying run scored. Velandia then threw out pinch-runner Steve Scarsone, who barreled into catcher Ramon Hernandez and limped off.

    "We're going to have to wait until we get to Minnesota to find out the extent of Herandez's injury," Oakland manager Art Howe said. "He got hit in the left knee in the collision. Their doctor said it could be 5-6 weeks or day to day. We're hoping it's just a bruise."

    Dye's home run, which came on an 0-2 pitch from Chad Harville (0-2), was his 19th of the season.

    "When you leave balls up in the middle of the plate, they don't miss them," said Mike Macfarlane, who replaced Herandez in the 10th. "it was supposed to be a fastball off the plate away. The ball was in the middle, basically."

    Scott Service (4-3) allowed one hit in three scoreless innings.

    Jaha's sixth career grand slam, which put Oakland ahead 10-5, came off Brian Barber after Dan Reichert walked the first three batters of the fourth. Miguel Tejada hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly and Ben Grieve walked, setting up the slam.

    Jaha added a solo homer off Matt Whitesant in the sixth, raising his season total to 24. Jaha, 3-for-4 with five RBIs, had his fourth multihomer game of the season, the 10th of his career.

    Oakland hit eight homers during the three-game series, including a grand slam by Jason Giambi in the Royals' 12-7 win Friday night. Kansas City pitchers walked 21 in the series, including eight Sunday.

    A throwing error by Velandia at second allowed a run to score in the sixth and Sweeney followed with a two-run double that pulled the Royals to 11-8.

    Notes:

  • Randa has three multihomer games.
  • In Oakland's three-run third, the A's sent eight men to the plate but had only three official at-bats.
  • In his previous major league start, a 15-6 loss to Cleveland last Aug. 31, Stein faced eight batters without retiring any.
  • After the game, fans got to hear Brett's Hall of Fame induction speech on the stadium Jumbotron.
  • The A's got an unusual 4-5 double play in the second. Febles hit a soft line drive to Velandia, who doubled up Rey Sanchez at third.
  • Reichert's ERA rose from 18.00 to 20.00.
  • The A's have home runs in 16 consecutive games.
  • Olmedo Saenz left in the sixth with a strained left hamstring.

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