A’s fall, but Kazmir solid once again 

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  • A's left-hander Scott Kazmir has yet to allow a run this spring in seven innings of work.
Yordano Ventura struck out six in 4¹⁄³innings and Salvador Perez hit a two-run home run, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 3-1 win over the A’s on Wednesday.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas continued his torrid spring, going 3 for 3 with a solo homer, double and single to raise his batting average to .500 in 11 games. Moustakas has four home runs and 13 RBIs.

The Royals scored three runs in the sixth inning off A’s reliever Sean Doolittle. Billy Butler doubled with one out and scored on Perez’s two-out long ball.

Perez is 10 for 21 in spring training and returned after missing most of Monday’s and all of Tuesday’s game with a bruised left palm.

Scott Kazmir silenced the Royals for four innings in his second start of the spring.

He has not allowed a run and only three hits over seven innings. He has five strikeouts.

“To be able to go in there with no outs and a couple runners on, and get out of that was big,” Kazmir told MLB.com. “I wasn’t particularly sharp, but a lot of my secondary pitches got me out of some jams.”

Kazmir signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the A’s after going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA with the Cleveland Indians last season.

NOTE: Today’s spring game between the A’s and Colorado Rockies will be televised by Comcast SportsNet California at 7:05 p.m.

— Staff, wire report

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