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Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie throws against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/MCT)

A's back Lester, rip Royals, 11-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Josh Donaldson paced a 20-hit offensive assault with two long home runs as the A's pounded Kansas City 11-3 on Tuesday night to end the Royals' eight-game winning streak.

Donaldson hit solo homers to center field in the seventh and eighth innings, his 24th and 25th of the year, both estimated at more than 400 feet against Royals left-hander Bruce Chen.

It was a monster night with the bat for several A's players, and their 20 hits were a season high. Brandon Moss had four of them, including a double that scored Oakland's first run in the first inning. The A's would build a 6-0 lead for starter Jon Lester (3-0 with the A's, 13-7 overall) through the first five innings.

Lester had a rare rough patch in the bottom of the fifth, surrendering three runs, but he bounced back with a scoreless inning to finish his night. He threw six innings, allowed six hits, walked two and struck out nine.

Josh Reddick, Sam Fuld and Donaldson each had three hits for Oakland. Leading 6-3, the A's put it away with a single in the seventh on Donaldson's first homer and then scored three more in the eighth.

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