Royals drop close one by the Bay

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September 18, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Matt Olson #28 celebrates a solo home run with Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics during the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. DANIEL SHIREY/GETTY IMAGES/TNS D

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Matt Olson had never hit a ball to the second level of elevated bleachers, even in batting practice.

He sure found a timely moment to accomplish the feat, hitting a tying homer leading off the seventh before Seth Brown hit a go-ahead double two batters later, leading the Oakland Athletics past the Kansas City Royals 2-1 on Tuesday night.

“That was one of my better swings,” Olson said with a smile, offering little more explanation except that the ball doesn’t usually carry like that at night.

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