The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. The game took place at Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri and the final score was 5-4 in ten innings. Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees and he pitched well but had to leave after a long rain delay. The Yankees bullpen was good and Jacoby Ellsbury had four hits to lead the offense.
Tanaka pitched five innings giving up four hits and two runs with no walks and four strikeouts. Adam Warren pitched giving up two hits and a run, Tommy Layne pitched to one batter and retired him and Tyler Clippard pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up a unearned run and two walks with a strikeout. Dellin Betances won his third game of the season pitching two innings and striking out two, Ben Heller pitched 1/3 of an inning giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Chasen Shreve earned his first save of the season pitching to two batters and striking out one.
Edinson Volquez pitched 3 1/3 innings giving up nine hits and four runs with two walks and five strikeouts. Brian Flynn pitched 1 2/3 innings striking out one, Chien-Ming Wang pitched two innings giving up a hit and a walk with a strikeout and Peter Moylan pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up a hit. Matt Strahm pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings and Joakim Soria lost his sixth game of the season pitching an inning and giving up three hits and a run with a walk and two strikeouts.
Brett Gardner had two hits and drew three walks, Ellsbury had four hits and two RBI and Gary Sanchez had a hit. Didi Gregorius had a hit, Starlin Castro had a hit and Brian McCann had three hits. Chase Headley had a hit and an RBI, Aaron Judge had a hit and two RBI and Tyler Austin drew a walk. Ellsbury and Gardner each hit a double and Judge hit a homerun. The Yankees were 2-16 with runners in scoring position and left 13 men on base. Castro and Sanchez each committed an error. Gardner had an outfield assist.
Jarrod Dyson had three hits and an RBI, Lorenzo Cain had a hit, an RBI and drew a walk and Eric Hosmer drew a walk. Kendrys Morales had a hit and two RBI, Alex Gordon drew a walk and Alcides Escobar had a hit. Raul Mondesi Jr. had a hit, Cain hit a double and Dyson hit a triple. Morales hit a homerun and the Royals were 1-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Cain, Mondesi and Dyson each had a stolen base.
In the second Judge hit a two run homerun to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. In the second Ellsbury hit an RBI double to push the lead to 3-0. Headley hit a sac fly in the third and the lead was now 4-0. In the bottom of the third Dyson hit an RBI triple to cut the lead to 4-1. Morales hit a solo homerun in the fourth to trim the lead to 4-2. In the sixth Cain hit an RBI double and the lead was cut down to one run at 4-3. Morales hit a sac fly in the eighth to tie the game up at four. In the tenth Ellsbury hit an RBI single to break the tie and give the Yankees a 5-4 lead which would be the final score of the game. The Yankees had lost two in a row coming into this game.
The two teams will play the third and final game of the series on Wednesday night which will be the rubber game. The Yankees will then have an off day on Thursday before heading to Baltimore to take on the Orioles for three this weekend.