Monday, May 13, 2013

New York Yankees win fifth in a row and sweep in Kansas City

The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 4-2. The game took place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Hiroki Kuroda started for the Yankees and pitched very well. Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells each hit a homerun. 
Kuroda pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up six hits and two runs with a walk and a strikeout. Kuroda earned his fifth win of the season, he has once again been their most consistent pitcher. David Robertson faced one batter and retired him and Mariano Rivera pitched an inning giving up a hit and earning his 15th save in 15 attempts.

Brett Gardner had a hit, Cano had two hits and two RBI and Wells had three hits and two RBI. Travis Hafner had a hit, Chris Stewart had two hits and Hafner and Gardner each hit a double. Cano and Wells each hit a homerun. The Yankees were 1-6 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Wells had a stolen base.

Ervin Santana took his second loss of the season. He pitched 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits and four runs with four strikeouts. Tim Collins pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a hit and he struck out two batters and Greg Holland pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

Jarrod Dyson had a hit, Alcides Escobar had an RBI and Alex Gordon had two hits and an RBI. Eric Hosmer had a hit and drew a walk, Salvador Perez had a hit and Jeff Francoeur had a hit. Elliott Johnson had a hit, Dyson, Johnson and Gordon each hit a double. The Royals were 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Moustakas and Perez each committed an error and Dyson had an outfield assist.

Gordon had a sacrifice fly in the first inning to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. In the third Cano and Wells hit back-to-back homeruns to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Wells hit an RBI single in the fifth giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead. The final run was scored in the eighth on a Escobar RBI groundout to make it a 4-2 game.

The Yankees won five in a row and improved their record to 23-13. The Royals record dropped to 18-16. The Yankees swept the three game series in Kansas City and will head to Cleveland for a traditional doubleheader on Monday afternoon.

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