Brandon Moss slugs three-run shot, A’s jump back on top


Let’s have lifelong A’s fan MC Hammer handle the play-by-play from the sixth inning …

It was a go-ahead three-run shot to straightaway center field, the second home run of the game for Moss. He’s the first player in Athletics franchise history to have two home runs and five RBI in a postseason game.

Josh Reddick singled one batter later and was driven home by Derek Norris, giving Oakland a 6-3 lead. And then Norris scored on an RBI single from Coco Crisp, pushing the the Athletics’ lead all the way to 7-3.

Royals manager Ned Yost made the curious decision to replace James Shields with young starter Yordano Ventura after Shields allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth. That’s when Moss hit his home run. Kelvin Herrera replaced Ventura but could not close the floodgates. Kansas City is in deep trouble.