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A's win 11-3 at KC to end Royals' 8 straight

KANSAS CITY, Missouri -- Oakland's Josh Donaldson homered twice and drove in four runs to power the Athletics to an 11-3 win at Kansas City in Tuesday's clash of divisional leaders, ending the Royals' eight-game winning streak.

The victory kept the A's 3-1/2 games clear atop the American League West, ahead of the Los Angeles Angels, who scored all their seven runs in one inning to beat Philadelphia.

Their cross-town rivals, the L.A. Dodgers, opened up a yawning six-game gap atop the National League West by defeating slumping Atlanta, while Pittsburgh beat Detroit and Seattle downed Toronto in other games involving two contenders.

Kansas City's only two losses in its past 13 games have come against pitcher Jon Lester, who was again too good for the Royals, pitching six strong innings with nine strikeouts.

Lester (13-7) has won all three of his starts since the A's acquired him from Boston.

Royals' starter Jeremy Guthrie (8-10) was pulled after 4-2/3 innings, allowing six runs.

Dodgers' starter Dan Haren pitched six solid innings and also contributed with the bat, hitting the single that sparked the win, as the visitors beat Atlanta 4-2.

Haren (10-9) came up with a single to right field in the fifth. Carl Crawford followed with a double, and Haren scored the tying run on Yasiel Puig's hit.

Matt Kemp then mistimed a hit just over the glove of the second baseman, bringing home Crawford.

Pittsburgh's Edinson Volquez allowed two runs over six innings to steer the Pirates to a 4-2 win over Detroit.

Volquez (10-7) struck out five to improve to 6-1 in his last seven decisions.

Travis Snider went 2 for 4 with an RBI while Gaby Sanchez and Ike Davis added RBI doubles and Jordy Mercer chipped in a run-scoring single for the Pirates, who moved within 1-1/2 games of NL Central leader Milwaukee.

Detroit has lost six of seven and missed a chance to leapfrog Kansas City back to the top of the AL Central.

Seattle beat Toronto 6-3 to move into a tie for the second and last wild-card spot in the AL.

Kyle Seager and Kendrys Morales hit solo home runs and Dustin Ackley added a key two-out two-run single for the Mariners, who have won seven of eight to move level with Detroit.

Toronto starter J.A. Happ (8-7) struck out only one in six innings after recording 12 strikeouts in his last start, and the Blue Jays slipped 6-1/2 games behind AL East leader Baltimore and two games behind that last wild-card spot.

The Angels piled on all their seven runs in the sixth inning to overwhelm Philadelphia and win 7-2.

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