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Royals 8, Yankees 4

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Whenever a Royals pitcher has issued a walk lately, the runner has usually scored. So when Ned Yost's own guys worked a pair of walks against the Yankees on Saturday night in the sixth inning of a tied game, the often-dour manager had an optimistic thought.

''Let's turn it around this time,'' Yost said.

Salvador Perez did just that.

The big catcher belted a three-run homer into the bullpen in left field, and Eric Hosmer added a solo shot later in the game, sending Kansas City to an 8-4 victory over New York.

''I've said all along, I thought we have home-run power,'' said Yost, whose team has hit just 26 homers - by far the fewest in the majors. ''It'll manifest itself in time.''

Alex Gordon, Lorenzo Cain, Alcides Escobar and Nori Aoki drove in a run apiece as the Royals bounced back from an offensively inept performance in a 4-2 series-opening loss Friday night.

Aaron Crow (3-1) retired one batter in the sixth in relief of starter Danny Duffy, and breezed through the seventh to earn the victory. Kelvin Herrera and Michael Mariot finished it off.

David Phelps (1-4) allowed seven runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.

''Frustrating is the PG-rated word for it,'' he said. ''I was pitching decent going into later parts of games, but it's tough to win ballgames when you give up four runs in the sixth and seventh inning. It's frustrating.''

Yangervis Solarte drove in a pair of runs for New York, and Carlos Beltran - who's been bothered by an ailing elbow and is still relegated to designated hitter duty -- got an RBI with his first hit since coming off the disabled list Thursday.

''It's like starting over for me,'' Beltran said. ''One day, two days is not going to do it, any difference. Basically you have to play every day and with playing time that will come. I cannot tell you [when]. I wish I could know.''

The Royals struck first when Billy Butler and Gordon led off the second inning with back-to-back doubles, and Cain and Escobar provided run-scoring singles for a 3-0 lead.

It took the Yankees until the sixth to answer.

Derek Jeter started the rally with a single and Mark Teixeira kept it going with a two-out walk. Beltran followed with an RBI double against his former team, and Solarte tied the game 3-all when his sinking liner to center field dropped just beyond Cain's outstretched glove.

Duffy, who appeared bothered by lengthy waits for television breaks between innings, was eventually removed after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

The Royals made sure to pick him up.

Butler and Gordon worked walks to start the bottom half of the sixth, earning Phelps a visit from Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. It didn't do any good. Two pitches later, Perez sent a no-doubt homer into the bullpen in left field to restore the Royals' three-run lead.

''We needed that,'' Perez said. ''It's not been easy, but it's coming.''

Cain tripled later in the inning, and Aoki's RBI single knocked Phelps from the game.

''We just scored three runs. That's the worst kind of team error right there,'' Phelps said. ''To go out and we have all the momentum right there and in nine pitches gave it right back.''

It was another poor outing by the Yankees right-hander, who moved from the bullpen into the rotation last month. Phelps has lost four straight decisions, allowing 16 runs in the last three.

Hosmer's homer leading off the seventh was his first since May 5, a span of 130 at-bats, and Brian Roberts tacked on a run off Mariot in the ninth inning that proved to be moot.

''You've got to keep battling back,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. ''We're still fighting.''

Notes

The Yankees have not scored more than four runs in any of their last nine games. ... Yankees CF Jacoby Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 12 games. ... Royals 2B Omar Infante went 0 for 5, extending his slump to 0 for 18. ... The Yankees chose RHP Mariano Rivera III, the son of longtime closer Mariano Rivera, in the 29th round of the first-year player draft. ... Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda and Royals RHP James Shields are scheduled to start Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Kansas City

S. Perez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
New York

Y. Solarte
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF5000011 .277
Derek Jeter, SS4110010 .258
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4020001 .288
Mark Teixeira, 1B3100102 .240
Carlos Beltran, DH4111011 .223
Yangervis Solarte, 3B3122100 .294
Alfonso Soriano, RF3000022 .229
   a-Ichiro Suzuki, PH1010000 .313
Brian Roberts, 2B3011100 .237
John Ryan Murphy, C3000013 .296
   b-Brian McCann, PH1000001 .230
David Phelps, P0000000 .000
   Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
   Jose Ramirez, P0000000 .000
Totals3448436  
a-singled for Soriano in the 9th
b-flied out for Murphy in the 9th
Batting
2B - Carlos Beltran (11, Duffy), Yangervis Solarte (13, Mariot)
RBI - Carlos Beltran (16), Yangervis Solarte 2 (28), Brian Roberts (13)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Beltran (7), Yangervis Solarte 2 (11)
CS - Brian Roberts (3, 2nd base by Duffy/Perez)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Phelps-Teixeira
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (L,1-4) 5.21077241 4.88
Matt Daley 1211001 4.85
Jose Ramirez 1.1000110 2.70
HBP - Gordon (by Matt Daley)
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 93-58, Matt Daley 22-13, Jose Ramirez 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 5-7
Batters Faced - David Phelps 28, Matt Daley 6, Jose Ramirez 5
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF4011002 .258
   Jarrod Dyson, PR-CF0000100 .275
Omar Infante, 2B5000014 .228
Eric Hosmer, 1B5111011 .259
Billy Butler, DH3210100 .252
Alex Gordon, LF2211110 .291
Salvador Perez, C4133001 .270
   Brett Hayes, C0000000 .086
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF4231011 .331
Mike Moustakas, 3B4010015 .148
Alcides Escobar, SS4011003 .276
Danny Duffy, P0000000 .000
   Aaron Crow, P0000000 .000
   Kelvin Herrera, P0000000 .000
   Michael Mariot, P0000000 .000
Totals35812835  
Batting
2B - Billy Butler (12, Phelps), Alex Gordon (18, Phelps), Salvador Perez (14, Phelps)
3B - Lorenzo Cain (1, Phelps)
HR - Eric Hosmer (2, Daley), Salvador Perez (6, Phelps)
RBI - Norichika Aoki (14), Eric Hosmer (26), Alex Gordon (34), Salvador Perez 3 (20), Lorenzo Cain (23), Alcides Escobar (21)
2-OUT RBI - Norichika Aoki (4)
Team LOB - 7
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Danny Duffy 5.2533340 3.26
Aaron Crow (W,3-1) 1.1000010 2.70
Kelvin Herrera 1100010 2.45
Michael Mariot 1211000 6.64
WP - Danny Duffy (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Danny Duffy 100-60, Aaron Crow 14-9, Kelvin Herrera 17-13, Michael Mariot 19-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Danny Duffy 5-7, Kelvin Herrera 1-1, Michael Mariot 2-1
Batters Faced - Danny Duffy 24, Aaron Crow 4, Kelvin Herrera 4, Michael Mariot 5
Game Information
Attendance - 26991
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jerry Layne, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Mike Estabrook, Third Base - Bob Davidson