OAKLAND – No debating this home run by Adam Rosales.
After being denied a game-tying homer last week in Cleveland that Major League Baseball said the umpiring crew should have reversed, Rosales hit a go-ahead shot leading off the eighth inning after Josh Donaldson connected one inning earlier in the A's 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
"I think I was pretty sure about that one," Rosales said with an ear-to-ear grin. "It felt good to get over that hump. Every ballfield I went to, they all were saying, 'Oh, it was a homer,' or you talk to family and friends and like, 'Yeah, it was a homer.' So, now they'll be talking about something else. They'll talk about a real homer."
Sean Doolittle (3-0) pitched the eighth for the win in relief of Jarrod Parker to help the reigning American League West champions earn just their third victory in the last 11 games.
The A's finally got to James Shields (2-4) in the late innings, nearly 10 months after he pitched a three-hit shutout in Oakland on July 31 for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander matched his season high with nine strikeouts.
In Oakland's 4-3 loss May 8 in Cleveland, umpire Angel Hernandez and his crew didn't give Rosales the home run in the ninth inning after a video review – MLB executive vice president Joe Torre said an "improper call" was made.
Rosales got over it.
"I didn't really have any sting," he said Friday.
"I knew he put a good charge into it," Parker said about Rosales' home run. "It was a no-doubter."
Parker allowed four hits in seven innings, struck out five and walked two in a solid 98-pitch performance. Doolittle yielded David Lough's one-out single in the eighth but was aided by an inning-ending double play. Grant Balfour finished with a perfect ninth for his seventh save in seven chances and 25th in a row dating to last season.