SURPRISE, Ariz. (CBS / AP) ― Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer to lift the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over an Oakland Athletics split-squad on Wednesday.

Gordon, who started spring training 0 for 11, went 2 for 3 to hike his average to .367 with three home runs and 12 RBIs.

Right-hander Nate Adcock, a Rule 5 pick from the Pittsburgh Pirates, threw three scoreless innings and has not allowed a run in five appearances, covering eight innings.

Brandon McCarthy, who is competing for an A’s rotation slot, gave up two runs on five hits, walked none and struck out four in 5 2-3 innings.

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