OAKLAND -- Right-hander Edinson Volquez tossed seven strong innings, and Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon each homered, as the Royals held off the Oakland A's, 5-2, on Friday night.
Volquez improved to 8-4 and also notched his 1,000th career strikeout when he fanned Brett Lawrie in the sixth. He gave up three hits and one run. Morales and Gordon each hit their ninth homers of the season. Right-hander Jesse Hahn took the loss for the A's. Hahn gave up nine hits and five runs, three earned. He walked one and struck out five.
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