Vargas tosses shutout as Royals bounce back

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas is dunked by Salvador Perez, left, and Christian Colon (24) after pitching a complete game shutout in a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City won 3-0. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jason Vargas is dunked by Salvador Perez, left, and Christian Colon (24) after pitching a complete game shutout in a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas City won 3-0. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Jason Vargas tossed a three-hitter for his sixth career shutout, Omar Infante hit a two-run homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Oakland Athletics 3-0 on Wednesday night.

Vargas (9-5) retired the final 23 batters he faced in only his third start since an emergency appendectomy. The left-hander also helped Kansas City bounce back from having an eight-game winning streak snapped and maintain a half-game lead over Detroit in the AL Central.

Salvador Perez drove in the Royals’ other run off Scott Kazmir (13-5), who lost to Kansas City for the second time in 10 days. He has won just once in 10 starts at Kauffman Stadium.

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