OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The worst outing of Andrew Bailey's career happened so quickly the closer barely broke a sweat.
Bailey threw just 11 pitches before Oakland manager Bob Melvin pulled the two-time All-Star after only one-third of an inning. By then, Kansas City had strung together three hits, scored twice and had another runner in scoring position.
So much for giving Oakland's depleted bullpen a break.
The Royals scored three runs off Bailey and five overall in the ninth to win 11-6 on Monday, ending Oakland's four-game winning streak.
``The object's not to give up runs, and I did that today,' said Bailey, who had allowed three runs only once before in his career. ``Looking back at it, I don't think there's really much else I could do. Maybe execute a little better, but other than that I felt good.'
Scott Sizemore hit a three-run homer for the A's. David DeJesus, Josh Willingham and Kurt Suzuki each drove in a run.
Oakland overcame a 3-0 deficit in the first inning and held a 6-4 lead before the Royals tied it in the seventh on Billy Butler's second home run of the game.
Kansas City then posted a five-spot in the ninth to kick off its seven-game road trip with a win.
Bailey might not have even been in the game had Melvin had a full bullpen. But with right-handers Grant Balfour and Fautino De Los Santos unavailable, the manager turned to his closer, who has converted his last 11 save opportunities.
This time, there was no save on the line.
``That's a tougher situation for a closer, coming into a game that's tied,' Melvin said. ``With our right-handers, we were a little bit stuck (so) he needed to come in for the ninth.'
Butler drove in three runs for the Royals, who avoided being mathematically eliminated for at least one more day. Jeff Francoeur, Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas had two RBIs apiece, and Melky Cabrera also drove in a run.
Butler connected against Rich Harden in the third and Craig Breslow in the seventh.
The A's had the go-ahead run at second with one out in the eighth but failed to score. Then came Bailey's blowup in the ninth.
Salvador Perez hit a leadoff single and was replaced by pinch-runner Chris Getz. After Alcides Escobar flied out, Alex Gordon doubled to right and scored on Cabrera's single to give Kansas City an 8-6 lead.
``They got me,' Bailey said. ``It just kind of happened quick and they got the best of me today.'
Neil Wagner replaced Bailey (0-4) and walked Butler before Hosmer added an RBI double. Moustakas capped the scoring with a two-out, two-run single and was cut down trying to advance to second on the play.
Greg Holland (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth to get the victory.
A's starter Rich Harden struck out 10 in five innings, but was charged with four runs and eight hits. He had eight Ks through three innings.
Kansas City starter Felipe Paulino also went five innings, allowing four hits and a season-high six runs. He issued a career-high six walks while striking out four.
Paulino, who was scratched from his last start with back spasms, has walked 22 hitters in his last 27 innings. He walked 19 in his previous 73 innings.
The Royals hit .325 on their last road trip and they picked up where they left off, scoring three times in the first inning, two on Francoeur's single.
Sizemore's homer gave the A's a 4-3 edge in the second. Suzuki singled in a run just ahead of Sizemore.
Butler hit a solo shot in the third but Willingham put the A's ahead again with an RBI single in the fifth. DeJesus followed with a sacrifice fly.
Everett Teaford helped the Royals stay in the game, pitching 2 2-3 scoreless innings in relief of Paulino.
NOTES: A's OF Coco Crisp missed his second game with a sore right foot, though Melvin said it's getting better. ... Oakland OF Michael Taylor is expected to be in the lineup both Tuesday and Wednesday against left-handers. ... LHP Gio Gonzalez will start for the A's on Tuesday night. The All-Star has won three consecutive starts and has a 2.18 ERA over that span. He's striking out an average of 8.95 batters per nine innings, which would be as franchise record. ... LHP Danny Duffy goes for the Royals on Tuesday. He averages 7.55 strikeouts per nine innings, third all-time among Kansas City rookie pitchers with at least 15 starts. He makes his third straight road start and is 2-2 with a 5.88 ERA away from home.
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