Series: Game 3 of 3

Oakland won 3-0

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 7

(83-51, 42-26 away)

Royals 1

(53-81, 33-35 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 28, 2002

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

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    OAK 600000100 7 - -
    KC 000000100 1 - -

    W: B. Zito (19-5)

    L: S. Sedlacek (3-4)

    Zito loses bid for perfect game in sixth

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Barry Zito would have had an excuse if he seemed distracted.

    On A Roll
    The A's became the 26th team since 1900 to record 15 consecutive wins:
    1916 Giants, 26*
    1935 Cubs, 21
    1906 White Sox, 19*
    1904 Giants, 18
    1947 Yankees, 18
    1953 Yankees, 18
    1907 Giants, 17
    1916 Giants, 17
    1912 Senators, 17
    1931 Athletics, 17
    1909 Pirates, 16
    1912 Giants, 16
    1926 Yankees, 16
    1951 Giants, 16
    1977 Royals, 16
    1903 Pirates, 15
    1906 Yankees, 15
    1913 Athletics, 15
    1924 Dodgers, 15
    1936 Cubs, 15
    1946 Red Sox, 15
    1960 Yankees, 15
    1991 Twins, 15
    2000 Braves, 15
    2001 Mariners, 15
    2002 Athletics, 15
    * had a tie game during streak

    Instead, the Oakland Athletics' player representative took a perfect game into the sixth inning as the Athletics won their 15th straight, 7-1 over the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night.

    "Going out there in every start, there's always going to be stuff in your personal life and your life on the field that you have to block out,'' Zito said. "I felt like I did that tonight.

    The streak is the longest in the major leagues since Seattle won 15 straight last season. Oakland completed its first 10-0 road trip, and the streak is the A's longest since they won 17 in a row from May 5-25, 1931.

    "That's our situation as Oakland, but we have to put that aside right now,'' Zito said. "If we had lost 15 in a row, we'd feel the same way (about the strike).''

    Zito (19-5) gave up one run on four hits in seven innings. His three strikeouts gave him 154, leaving him third in the AL, one behind Roger Clemens.

    The crowd got impatient early, starting chants of "Let them strike!'' and "Strike right now!'' in the first inning, as the A's jumped on starter Shawn Sedlacek.

    When reliever Jason Grimsley -- the Royals' player representative -- entered the game in the top of the eighth, the crowd booed him loudly.

    Sedlacek (3-4) gave up six runs on seven hits in the first inning, then got things under control, allowing only two hits over the next five innings.

    "I had a terrible first inning and took us out of the game right off the bat,'' Sedlacek said. "It's not the way to go about it when you have that good of a team and that good of a pitcher on the mound.''

    Seven different players drove in runs for the A's. Every starter got a hit, with Eric Chavez and Miguel Tejada getting two.

    Zito retired his first 16 batters. A's starters have won 14 games on their 15-game streak. Neifi Perez singled to center to break up the perfect game with one out in the sixth.

    "You always know what's going on,'' Zito said. "I wasn't pitching to maintain some kind of no-hitter. I left the ball up the middle and Perez hit it up the middle. It was a good hit.''

    The Royals loaded the bases after that. But Mike Sweeney grounded out to short to end the threat. The Royals finally tagged Zito for a run in the seventh, when Kit Pellow grounded into a double play, scoring Raul Ibanez.

    Game notes

    Sweeney went 0-for-4, dropping his average to .3441, behind Bernie Williams' .3444. ... The Royals finished a seven-game homestand 1-6. Their starters have recorded all seven decisions. ... The Royals are 33-35 at home this season.

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