Royals 3, Athletics 0
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Vargas pitched a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout and first since September, and Omar Infante hit a two-run homer for the Royals. Vargas threw 97 pitches and retired the final 23 batters he faced in his third start since an emergency appendectomy. The left-hander also helped Kansas City bounce back after having an eight-game winning streak snapped and maintain a half-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central. Salvador Perez drove in the Royals' other run off former Ray Scott Kazmir, who lost to Kansas City for the second time in 10 days. He has won once in 10 starts at Kauffman Stadium.