Series: Game 1 of 3

Oakland leads 1-0 (as of 8/26)

Game 1: Monday, August 26
Oakland 6Final
Kansas City 3
Game 2: Tuesday, August 27
Oakland 6Final
Kansas City 4
Game 3: Wednesday, August 28
Oakland 7Final
Kansas City 1

Athletics 6

(81-51, 40-26 away)

Royals 3

(53-79, 33-33 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 26, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    W: C. Lidle (8-9)

    L: D. May (3-9)

    S: B. Koch (34)

    A's 13-game streak their longest since '88

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Cory Lidle managed to regroup in time after his scoreless inning streak was snapped after 32 innings because of an unearned run.

    Ramon Hernandez
    Oakland Athletics
    107 6 35 43 0 .239

    David Justice's error helped end Lidle's streak, but the Oakland Athletics still managed to win their 13th straight game, beating the Kansas City Royals 6-3 Monday night.

    "I lost my composure a little bit and I started overthrowing,'' Lidle said. "I didn't handle it very well.''

    Ramon Hernandez had three hits and drove in three runs as the A's extended the longest streak in the majors this season. The winning streak is their longest since they set an Oakland record with a 14-game string in 1988.

    Hernandez had a two-run single in the Oakland's four-run sixth. Jermaine Dye, who played with the Royals from 1997-2001 before being dealt to Oakland last July, and Ray Durham each added RBI singles. Dye, who had three hits, doubled home Miguel Tejada in the ninth for the final run.

    The second inning unearned run off Lidle (8-9) was the first he had allowed since the sixth inning on July 31 at Cleveland.

    "You never know how it is going to effect a pitcher when he has a streak going and it ends,'' A's manager Art Howe said. "I was a little concerned. It was important to get out of that inning with just one run scoring.''

    Michael Tucker opened the Kansas City second with a fly to left that glanced off Justice's glove for a two-base error. Tucker advanced to third on Brent Mayne's groundout, but was out in a rundown when he tried to score on Neifi Perez's grounder to first baseman Scott Hatteberg.

    Perez went to second during the rundown and scored on Luis Ordaz's single. Lidle's scoreless inning streak is the second longest for a starter in Oakland history, surpassed only by Mike Torrez's 37 shutout innings in 1976.

    "Ordaz hit a curveball,'' Lidle said. "We didn't have any information on him. We didn't have any film.''

    Lidle, who has thrown a pair of one-hitters this season, limited the Royals to three singles over seven innings. He did not allow a hit after Raul Ibanez's one-out single in the third. Lidle is 5-0 in August and has not allowed an earned run in 38 innings.

    "This is one of the best starting pitching groups we're going to see the whole year,'' Royals manager Tony Pena said. "They know how to pitch. Lidle threw the ball well. Tomorrow we face (Mark) Mulder and the next day (Barry) Zito.''

    The A's tied the score in the fifth, which Terrence Long led off with a double and scored on Hernandez' single.

    Darrell May (3-9) allowed four runs and eight hits in five-plus innings and acknowledged he was getting tired in the sixth.

    "I don't like to admit, but going back and forth, bullpen, starting, your pitch count doesn't stay up there,'' May said. "Maybe that had something to do with it. I didn't realize it until after the game. I looked and I had 90-something pitches.''

    The Royals scored two runs in the eighth off the A's bullpen. Mike Sweeney had an RBI single and Joe Randa hit a sacrifice fly.

    Billy Koch worked the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.

    "It got a little close in the eighth inning, but (Ricardo) Rincon came to the rescue and Billy did a good job in the ninth,'' Howe said.

    Game notes

    Sweeney went 1-for-3, keeping his AL-leading average to .352. Bernie Williams, who had three hits Monday for the New York Yankees, is second at .345. ... The A's improved to 23-8 against AL Central teams. ... Royals rookie reliever Ryan Bukvich allowed a run in the sixth, ending the Royals' bullpen scoreless streak at 10 innings.

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