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Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Brandon Moss tripled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning and Tommy Milone got his first win in more than a month, as the Oakland Athletics edged the Kansas City Royals, 2-1, in the middle portion of a three-game series.

Milone (4-5) dropped his previous five starts, with the A's scoring a total of six runs in those games. But on Saturday, the left-hander was able to barely get enough support when the hosts came through with two runs in the sixth.

Milone, who pitched despite an upset stomach, gave up five hits, walked three and fanned four. Grant Balfour worked around a leadoff walk to Eric Hosmer in the ninth and notched his eighth save of the year.

Jed Lowrie's sacrifice fly to center plated Eric Sogard to tie the game in the sixth for the A's, who have won both games of this series by identical scores.

Billy Butler singled in Alex Gordon in the opening inning for the Royals, who have dropped six of their last eight contests.

Ervin Santana's (3-3) bid for his 100th career win was derailed despite the righty giving up only four hits and a pair of runs in seven frames. He fell to 14-6 lifetime against the A's.