Yankees' home runs back Sabathia in 7-1 rout of Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) CC Sabathia's eyes light up whenever he sees the outfield fountains at Kauffman Stadium.

His performance usually picks up, too.

The Yankees' big left-hander carried a shutout into the seventh inning Tuesday night, getting a three-run homer from Gary Sanchez and a two-run shot from Chris Carter in support, and New York went on to rout the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in the opener of their three-game series.

Pitching on six days' rest, Sabathia (3-2) struck out five and walked two over 6 2/3 innings to win for the first time since April 15. And the fact he got back on track in Kansas City should come as no surprise: He is 13-5 in 21 career starts there, matching the record for most wins by a visitor.

''I love pitching here,'' Sabathia said, smiling. ''It's my favorite park.''

Sabathia was never in trouble until the seventh, when Alex Gordon's infield single loaded the bases with two outs. Tyler Clippard came in and fanned Whit Merrifield to escape the jam, then handled the eighth before Jonathan Holder allowed a run in the ninth.

That preserved the solid effort by Sabathia, who had allowed 22 runs in his last four starts.

''He was pretty frustrated with the way things were going,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, ''not pitching the way he did earlier this season. So I think this was big.''

Sanchez drilled an 0-1 pitch from Jason Hammel (1-5) to center field with nobody out in the third, and Carter pounded a 1-1 pitch to almost the same place with two down in the fourth.

''I've got to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park,'' Hammel said. ''Both the guys that hit it out are strong boys. They're mistake killers.''

Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Holliday also drove in runs against the Royals' bullpen, part of a 13-hit outburst that sent the Yankees to their ninth win in the last 11 meetings with Kansas City.

It was another dismal night for Hammel, who allowed seven runs over seven innings in his last start against Tampa Bay. The right-hander yielded five runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings this time, and has served up six home runs in his last four outings.

''It was two balls that left the yard that hurt me,'' he said. ''I'm trying to stay positive and just continue to work. I've got to find a way to do a better job of establishing a better tone early.''

Meanwhile, Sabathia was getting plenty of help from his defense.

Alcides Escobar twice lined out to third baseman Chase Headley, including a hot shot leading off the game. Carter made a couple of nifty plays at first base, and left fielder Brett Gardner threw out Jorge Soler in the fifth inning as he tried to stretch a single.

The Yankees' dominant pitching and defense came after the Royals had won three one-run games in a sweep of Baltimore, capped by a season-best 14 hits in the finale on Sunday.

''We had guys hit the ball on the nose,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said, ''and not much to show for it.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Sanchez has hit all three of his homers on the road this season. ... Carter has 13 career hits against Kansas City. Six of them are home runs. ... The Royals were held to one run or fewer for the 13th time, most in the majors. ... Gordon had his first multi-hit game since April 9.

SILENCE FOR STEVE

There was a moment of silence before the game for Steve Palermo, the umpire whose career ended when he was shot trying to break up a robbery in 1991. Palermo, who lived in the Kansas City area, died last weekend at age 67. He had been ill with cancer.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals RHP Ian Kennedy will throw a bullpen Wednesday and hopes to make his next start Saturday. Kennedy has been dealing with a strained right hamstring.

UP NEXT

Yankees RHP Michael Pineda tries to keep rolling when he gets the ball Wednesday night on five days' rest. Pineda is 3-1 with a 2.63 ERA over his last six outings.

Royals LHP Jason Vargas makes his ninth career start against the Yankees, still searching for his first win. He is 5-1 with a 1.01 ERA this season, but 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA vs. New York.

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  • W: C. Sabathia (3-2)L: J. Hammel (1-5)
  • HR: NYY - C. Carter (2), G. Sanchez (3)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF41000103.280.375.504.8792.0
G. Sanchez C41231100.278.381.463.84410.0
M. Holliday DH50010003.266.372.505.8771.0
S. Castro 2B51200003.340.373.527.9003.0
A. Judge RF50200010.320.420.7301.1493.5
J. Ellsbury CF50110012.272.352.404.7551.5
C. Headley 3B50100012.258.340.414.7542.5
D. Gregorius SS32200101.313.347.418.7656.0
C. Carter 1B42321001.232.316.377.69310.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Escobar SS50000003.186.214.243.4570.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40100001.250.281.486.7671.0
    L. Cain CF40000011.295.394.394.787-0.5
    E. Hosmer 1B40100001.297.356.414.7702.0
    S. Perez C40000021.275.317.489.805-1.0
    J. Bonifacio RF41200011.254.314.365.6792.5
    J. Soler DH20100211.167.324.333.6582.5
    A. Gordon LF30200100.164.277.203.4803.0
    W. Merrifield 2B40110016.229.293.373.6671.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius (4)
      • HR - G. Sanchez (3), C. Carter (2)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez 3 (10), M. Holliday (25), J. Ellsbury (13), C. Carter 2 (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Ellsbury (2), C. Carter 2 (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Hosmer (6)
      • RBI - W. Merrifield (7)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Judge (3), C. Headley (5)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 3-2)6.25002404.931.0523.0
      T. Clippard1.11000101.080.752.5
      J. Holder1.02111102.163.00-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 3-2)6.2
      T. Clippard1.1
      J. Holder1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Hammel (L, 1-5)6.09551026.201.67-2.0
      S. Maness1.03110009.003.00-1.0
      T. Wood1.011120011.683.00-1.0
      A. Alburquerque1.00000306.000.004.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Hammel (L, 1-5)6.0
      S. Maness1.0
      T. Wood1.0
      A. Alburquerque1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - T. Clippard
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 85-56, T. Clippard 18-11, J. Holder 23-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-10, T. Clippard 1-2, J. Holder 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 26, T. Clippard 5, J. Holder 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 107-77, S. Maness 21-15, T. Wood 30-18, A. Alburquerque 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-10, S. Maness 2-1, T. Wood 2-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, S. Maness 6, T. Wood 6, A. Alburquerque 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF41000103.280.375.504.8792.0
      G. Sanchez C41231100.278.381.463.84410.0
      M. Holliday DH50010003.266.372.505.8771.0
      S. Castro 2B51200003.340.373.527.9003.0
      A. Judge RF50200010.320.420.7301.1493.5
      J. Ellsbury CF50110012.272.352.404.7551.5
      C. Headley 3B50100012.258.340.414.7542.5
      D. Gregorius SS32200101.313.347.418.7656.0
      C. Carter 1B42321001.232.316.377.69310.0
      Total40713723315-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Escobar SS50000003.186.214.243.4570.0
        M. Moustakas 3B40100001.250.281.486.7671.0
        L. Cain CF40000011.295.394.394.787-0.5
        E. Hosmer 1B40100001.297.356.414.7702.0
        S. Perez C40000021.275.317.489.805-1.0
        J. Bonifacio RF41200011.254.314.365.6792.5
        J. Soler DH20100211.167.324.333.6582.5
        A. Gordon LF30200100.164.277.203.4803.0
        W. Merrifield 2B40110016.229.293.373.6671.5
        Total3418103615-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Gregorius (4)
          • HR - G. Sanchez (3), C. Carter (2)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez 3 (10), M. Holliday (25), J. Ellsbury (13), C. Carter 2 (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Ellsbury (2), C. Carter 2 (6)
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Hosmer (6)
          • RBI - W. Merrifield (7)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Judge (3), C. Headley (5)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - B. Gardner (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia (W, 3-2)6.25002404.931.0523.0
          T. Clippard1.11000101.080.752.5
          J. Holder1.02111102.163.00-0.5
          Total9.0811360---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia (W, 3-2)6.2
          T. Clippard1.1
          J. Holder1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Hammel (L, 1-5)6.09551026.201.67-2.0
          S. Maness1.03110009.003.00-1.0
          T. Wood1.011120011.683.00-1.0
          A. Alburquerque1.00000306.000.004.5
          Total9.01377332---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Hammel (L, 1-5)6.0
          S. Maness1.0
          T. Wood1.0
          A. Alburquerque1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - T. Clippard
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 85-56, T. Clippard 18-11, J. Holder 23-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 5-10, T. Clippard 1-2, J. Holder 1-1
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 26, T. Clippard 5, J. Holder 6
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Hammel 107-77, S. Maness 21-15, T. Wood 30-18, A. Alburquerque 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Hammel 8-10, S. Maness 2-1, T. Wood 2-1
          • Batters Faced - J. Hammel 28, S. Maness 6, T. Wood 6, A. Alburquerque 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bonifacio scored, Soler to third, Gordon out at second71
          • 8TH INNING
            Holliday reached on fielder's choice to third, Gregorius scored, Carter to third, Sanchez out at second70
          • 7TH INNING
            Ellsbury singled to right, Castro scored, Judge to third60
          • 4TH INNING
            Carter homered to center, Gregorius scored50
          • 3RD INNING
            Sanchez homered to center, Carter and Gardner scored30
          • 9TH INNING
            • A. Alburquerque Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ellsbury struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Headley struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Holder Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Strike looking, Ball, Bonifacio singled to left
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Soler walked, Bonifacio to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to third, Bonifacio to third, Soler to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bonifacio scored, Soler to third, Gordon out at second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Merrifield to second on fielder's indifference, Escobar popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • C. Carter: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Carter singled to right, Gregorius to second
            • B. Gardner: Foul, Gardner singled to right, Gregorius to third, Carter out at second, Gardner lined out to right
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked, Gregorius to third, Carter to second
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holliday reached on fielder's choice to third, Gregorius scored, Carter to third, Sanchez out at second
            • S. Castro: Strike swinging, Foul, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Holliday out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • T. Clippard Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Escobar grounded out to second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to right center
            • L. Cain: Ball, Moustakas to second on wild pitch, Cain fouled out to right
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hosmer flied out to left
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • S. Maness Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Sanchez flied out to center
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Holliday grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro singled to center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to center, Castro to second
            • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury singled to right, Castro scored, Judge to third
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Ball, Strike looking, Hosmer doubled to right center
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • J. Soler: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gordon reached on an infield single to third, Hosmer to third, Soler to second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Foul, Headley grounded out to first
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius doubled to deep right center
            • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Carter grounded out to second, Gregorius to third
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas lined out to left
            • L. Cain: Foul, Cain popped out to second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez grounded out to second
            • M. Holliday: Foul, Holliday fouled out to catcher
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castro singled to right
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Judge singled to left, Castro to third
            • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge stole second, Ellsbury fouled out to catcher
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike swinging, Bonifacio lined out to center
            • J. Soler: Soler singled to left, Soler out at second
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gordon walked
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury grounded out to first
            • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Headley flied out to left
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius singled to center
            • C. Carter: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Carter homered to center, Gregorius scored
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gardner flied out to deep left
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Cain struck out swinging
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Hosmer grounded out to first
            • S. Perez: Perez popped out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • C. Carter: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Carter singled to left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked, Carter to second
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez homered to center, Carter and Gardner scored
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Holliday popped out to second
            • S. Castro: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Castro flied out to deep left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Foul, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Merrifield singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Escobar reached on fielder's choice to second, Merrifield out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Foul, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Ellsbury: Ellsbury flied out to right
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Headley singled to right center
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Headley stole second, Foul, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer grounded out to shortstop
            • S. Perez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Perez lined out to shortstop
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to right
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Soler struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Hammel Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to deep center
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike looking, Sanchez singled to left center
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holliday flied out to right
            • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Castro lined out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Escobar lined out to third
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike looking, Moustakas lined out to right
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Cain lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)