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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Josh Reddick homered and drove in four runs as the Oakland Athletics topped the Kansas City Royals 10-4 Sunday.

Reddick ripped a two-run double in the A's five-run second inning and homered with John Jaso aboard in the third, hiking the A's lead to 7-1.

The A's sent 10 men to the plate in the second and chased Royals starter Luis Mendoza, who retired only five of the 11 batters he faced with five scoring. Mendoza (2-5) has allowed nine runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings in his past two starts.

The inning also included an RBI double by Eric Sogard and run-producing singles by Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie. The A's have scored five or more runs in an inning in 13 games this season.

Lowrie and Sogard also homered for the A's, who won for the eighth time in 11 games and moved 15 games above .500, matching their season high. It was Sogard's first homer since April 27.

The offensive outburst allowed A's right-hander A.J. Griffin (7-6) to pick up the victory, although he was pulled after five innings and 105 pitches.

Griffin yielded two runs, both on solo homers (by Alex Gordon and George Kottaras), and five hits, while walking one and striking out four.

The Royals made it interesting in the sixth off struggling A's left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins, cutting the lead to 8-4 and had the bases loaded.

Blevins retired none of the three batters he faced and two scored, ballooning his ERA to 9.72 in his past 11 appearances.

Jesse Chavez replaced Blevins and restored order. Chavez, who pitched for the Royals in 2010-11, limited the Royals to three hits in the final four innings to earn his first big league save.

Sogard homered in the seventh with Chris Young on first to push the A's lead to six runs.

Notes: C Salvador Perez, a first-time All-Star selection, was not in the Royals lineup. Manager Ned Yost said Perez has a "soft tissue bruise and a bone bruise" from foul balls. "It's not anything he can't play with," Yost said, but he likes to give him breaks every three or four days for it "to calm down." ...Griffin has allowed only one run in the first inning in 18 starts this season. ...RHP Bartolo Colon was selected to his third All-Star Game and his first since 2005. "To make the All-Star team at age 40 is pretty incredible," A's manager Bob Melvin said. Colon, however, is scheduled to start next Sunday and would not be allowed to pitch in the All-Star Game. ...Royals IF Miguel Tejada batted in the two hole for the first time this season. He is the fifth Royal to bat second. He had two hits and an RBI.
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