ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Wichita Wingnuts won its second straight game since the American Association All-Star break and four in a row overall, stopping the St. Paul Saints 12-5 Friday at Midway Stadium.
Brent Clevlen led Wichita, going four for five hitting with six RBIs. Clevlen hit two home runs.
Wichita broke things open with five runs in the top of the fifth to lead 6-0.
Jake Kahaulelio, Chris McClendon and David Amberson each went three for five hitting. Carlo Testa, McClendon and Amberson each drove in a run.
Jon Link (10-2) posted the win for Wichita, allowing five runs on 10 hits with two walks and three strikeouts. Matthew Robertson finished the game, striking out three.
Jeff Shields took the loss for St. Paul, striking out three. Mackenzie King struck out four in relief.
Willie Cabrera went two for three hitting for the Saints, driving in a run. Jake Taylor went two for four with a home run and an RBI. Angelo Songo went two for five with an RBI. Henry Wrigley and Evan Bigley each added an RBI.
Wichita is 48-22, while St. Paul falls to 40-30. The two teams meet again at 7:05 p.m. today.
Wichita 015 110 301 —12 17 0
St. Paul 001 003 10 —5 10 2
Link (W, 10-2), Robertson 8 and McMurray; Shields (L, 5-6), King 4, Meyer 8 and Taylor. HR — W: Clevlen 2 (10, 11). SP: Taylor (3). Time — 3:24. Attendance — 6,220.
Oakland on HR
OAKLAND — A Raul Ibanez solo home run in the top of the fifth inning was all the offense the Kansas City Royals needed in a 1-0 win over the Oakland Athletics Friday.
Jeremy Guthrie threw seven innings for the Royals, allowing three hits with two walks and six strikeouts, improving to 7-9. Greg Holland struck out two in the bottom of the ninth for his 30th save of the season.
Sonny Gray (12-4) went seven innings for the A's, allowing three hits, no walks and seven strikeouts.
Jarrod Dyer went two for three hitting for the Royals. Josh Reddick went three for four for Oakland.
The Royals improve to 56-52. Oakland falls to 66-42. The two teams meet again at 3:05 p.m. today.
Kan.City 000 010 000 —1 4 0
Oakland 000 000 000 —0 5 0
Guthrie (W, 7-9), Herrera 7, Davis 8, Holland (S, 30) 9 and Perez; Gray (L, 12-4), O'Flaherty 8, Otero 9 and Jaso. HR — KC: Ibanez (5). Time — 2:54. Attendance — 35,067.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Brian Brown scored on a header two minutes after entering the game to help the Philadelphia Union tie Kansas City 1-1 on Friday night, ending Sporting's winning streak at four-games.
Brown scored off Raymon Gaddis' cross in the 71st minute for Philadelphia (5-8-9).
Graham Zusi scored for Kansas City (11-5-6) in the 54th minute. Toni intercepted a failed clearance, fed the ball into the box and Zusi slotted it home. Zusi narrowly missed a goal in the following minute when his attempt went inches wide.
Kansas City's goalkeeper Andy Gruenebaum made two saves in the closing minutes of the first half. He dove to block Vincent Nogueira's free kick from the edge of the penalty area in the 41st minute and stayed low on Sheanon Williams' unmarked attempt on the final play of the half.
Philadelphia 0 1 —1
Kan.City 0 1 —1
1. KC Zusi (Dovale) 54m.
2. P Brown (Gaddis) 71m.
Philadelphia (5-8-9) — MacMath, Gaddis, Edu, White, Williams, Carroll, Okugo, Cruz, Nogueira, Le Toux, Casey.
Kansas City (11-5-6) — Gruenebaum; Juliao, Collin, Ellis, Peterson; Claros, Lopez, Feilhaber; Dovale, Dwyer, Zusi (C).
Total shots — P 12, KC 14. Shots on goal — P 7, KC 6. Saves — P: MacMath 5, KC: Gruenebaum 6. Corner kicks — P 5, KC 4. Fouls — P 15, KC 11. Offsides — P 2, KC 2. Cautions — none.