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

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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.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.