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Royals rally past A's in 12, Angels next

(AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Back in the playoffs after 29 years, the Kansas City Royals ran wild and outlasted Oakland in a thrilling opener to baseball's postseason.

Salvador Perez singled home the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning, capping two late comebacks that gave Kansas City a 9-8 victory Tuesday night in the AL wild-card game.

Quite a start to October baseball - even if this one appeared to be over with plenty of time to spare in September. But in a back-and-forth epic that lasted 4 hours, 45 minutes, the A's lost their seventh straight winner-take-all playoff game since 2000.

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AL Stolen Bases
Rank Name  SB
1 J. Altuve, Hou56
2 J. Ellsbury, NYY39
3t R. Davis, Det36
3t J. Dyson, KC36
5t A. Escobar, KC31
5t L. Martin, Tex31
7 J. Reyes, Tor30
8 L. Cain, KC28
9t E. Andrus, Tex27
9t J. Jones, Sea27
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NL Stolen Bases
Rank Name  SB
1 D. Gordon, LAD64
2 B. Hamilton, Cin56
3 B. Revere, Phi49
4 C. Gomez, Mil34
5 D. Span, Was31
6t S. Marte, Pit30
6t E. Young, NYM30
8t C. Blackmon, Col28
8t J. Rollins, Phi28
10 E. Bonifacio, Atl26
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