A's blow late lead, drop Wild Card showdown to Royals
Moss gets the scoring started
With two outs in the top of the first inning, Brandon Moss connected for a two-out, two-run home run off of Royals' starter James Shields. The shot traveled 426 feet to right field.
Butler chops into A's lead
The Royals didn't waste any time answering back. Billy Butler singled to left, driving in Nori Aoki from second base to cut the A's lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the first inning.
Royals tie the game
Mike Moustakas singled to lead off the bottom of the third. He moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and advanced to third on a ground out. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain drove him in with a two-out double, tying the game 2-2.
Royals take the lead
Eric Hosmer followed Cain's double with an single to left to give the Royals a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third.
Shields taken out in sixth
James Shields was removed from the game after allowing the first two A's batters to reach in the top of the sixth inning. He had thrown just 88 pitches. Rookie Yordano Ventura relieved him and allowed a three-run homer to Brandon Moss on the second pitch he threw, which gave the A's a 5-3 lead. It was Moss's second home run of the game.
Moss belts second home run
With the A's trailing 3-2, Brandon Moss launched a three-run shot to straightaway center field, his second home run of the game.
Norris tacks on a run
After Moss' home run, Josh Reddick singled and moved to second on a wild pitch. After the next two batters were retired, Derek Norris knocked Reddick in with a single to center to give the A's a 6-3 lead.
Crisp makes it 7-3
Eric Sogard followed Norris' hit with an infield single and Crisp knocked in the A's catcher with a single to center, pushing the lead to 7-3.
Royals cut deficit to one run
Royals' Eric Hosmer scores on a wild pitch by Luke Gregerson, part of a three run inning for Kansas City to make it 7-6 A's.
A's season ends in extras
A's reliever Luke Gregerson sits in the dugout while Royals fans celebrate their 12-inning victory in the AL Wild Card game.
Perez sends Royals to ALDS
Royals catcher Salvador Perez (left) celebrates after driving in the game-winning run against A's pitcher Jason Hammel in the 12th inning.
Royals are moving on
The Royals celebrate their 9-8 victory over the A's in the AL Wild Card game. They will take on the Angels in the ALDS starting on Thursday.
A's season ends abruptly
Alberto Callaspo and the A's walked off the field for the final time in 2014 on Tuesday night. And the team that walks back on the field in 2015 could look drastically different.