The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 11-6 on Friday night. The game took place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Phil Hughes started for the Yankees and wasn’t very good. The Yankees bullpen especially Shawn Kelley was excellent. Lyle Overbay led the offense with five RBI.
Hughes pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up seven hits and six runs. He earned his second win of the season and walked two and struck out three. Kelley pitched 2 1/3 innings striking out six batters and Boone Logan pitched a perfect inning with a couple of strikeouts.
Brett Gardner had two hits and an RBI, Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI and Travis Hafner drew a walk. Ichiro Suzuki had three hits and two RBI, Jayson Nix had two hits and drew a walk and Overbay had four hits and five RBI. Chris Nelson had two hits and two RBI, Chris Stewart had a hit and Nix, Gardner and Suzuki each hit a double. Overbay hit two doubles and a homerun, Suzuki hit a homerun and Gardner hit a triple. The Yankees were 6-17 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Cano and Suzuki each had a stolen base.
Wade Davis took his third loss of the season pitching five innings and giving up seven hits and seven runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Bruce Chen pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and three runs with a strikeout and J.C. Gutierrez pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up five hits and a run with three strikeouts.
Alcides Escobar had a hit, Lorenzo Cain had a hit and Alex Gordon had two hits and two RBI. Eric Hosmer drew a walk, Salvador Perez had a hit and Mike Moustakas had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk. Jarrod Dyson had a hit and three RBI, Gordon hit a double and Dyson and Moustakas each hit a homerun. The Royals were 2-6 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.
In the second Suzuki and Overbay each hit two run homeruns to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Dyson hit a three run homerun in the second to make it a 4-3 game. In the fourth Overbay hit an RBI double to make it a 5-3 game. The Royals tied the game in the fifth on a Gordon two run double. In the sixth Overbay hit an RBI double and Nelson hit a two run single to make it 8-5 Yankees. Gardner hit an RBI triple and Cano hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 10-5. Moustakas hit a homerun in the sixth to make it 10-6. The Yankees added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Overbay and the final score was 11-6.
The Yankees record improved to 21-13 and they are 3-1 so far on this road trip. The Royals record fell to 18-14. The two teams will play game two of their three game series on Saturday night.