The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals by the score of 3-2 on Saturday night. The game took place at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Andy Pettite started for the Yankees and pitched well and the bullpen was good. Vernon Wells led the offense with a two run homerun and Jayson Nix had a pair of hits.
Pettitte pitched seven innings giving up five hits and two runs with a walk and seven strikeouts. David Robertson pitched a perfect inning striking out the sides and Mariano Rivera picked up his 14th save in 14 attempts. He pitched a scoreless inning giving up a hit.
Brett Gardner drew a walk, Wells had a hit and two RBI and Travis Hafner had a hit. Nix had two hits and drew a walk, Lyle Overbay had a hit and Chris Nelson had a hit. Nix and Nelson each hit a double and Wells hit a homerun. The Yankees were 0-7 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Gardner was caught stealing.
James Shields pitched eight innings giving up six hits and three runs with two of them being earned. He walked two and struck out five and Kelvin Herrera pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Alcides Escobar had a hit, Lorenzo Cain had an RBI and drew a walk and Billy Butler had a hit and an RBI. Eric Hosmer had a hit, Salvador Perez had two hits and Elliot Johnson had a hit. Perez hit a double and Butler hit a homerun, the Royals were 0-6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Johnson had a stolen base and Moustakas committed an error.
In the third the teams traded runs. The Yankees scored on a throwing error and the Royals on a Cain RBI groundout. In the fourth Butler hit a solo homerun to make it 2-1 Royals and in the fifth Wells hit a two run homerun to make it 3-2 Yankees and that would be the final score.
The Yankees record improved to 22-13 and the Royals record dropped to 18-15. The two teams will play the finale of the three game series on Sunday afternoon. The Yankees will be going for the sweep before playing a doubleheader in Cleveland on Monday and then returning home.