Austin, Gray lead scorching Yankees to 10-1 rout of Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The New York Yankees rightfully lamented a miserable week filled with rainouts, broken planes and a patchwork schedule that forced right-hander Sonny Gray to pitch on eight days' rest.

Well, that last bit turned out to be a good thing.

Gray discovered a couple of tweaks in his delivery during his extended time off, and he transferred it to the mound on Sunday, going eight innings and helping the Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 10-1 to win an eighth consecutive series for the first time in 20 years.

''I'm pretty quick to the plate a lot of times. I just had to stay on top of the rubber and deliver a good pitch,'' said Gray, who also credited catcher Austin Romine for helping him stay in rhythm.

''It was pitch, mound, sign, go,'' Romine explained.

Sure sounds simple. It works pretty well, too, when you're getting big production from the Yankees' powerful lineup. Tyler Austin hit a pair of two-run homers, and Miguel Andujar and Romine went back-to-back in the ninth to New York win for the 14th time in 15 games against the AL Central.

Kansas City remains winless in six rubber games this season.

Gray (3-3) was coming off a tough start against Oakland in which he allowed five runs and a season-high nine hits in five innings. But there was nothing tough about facing the Royals' popgun lineup, which didn't manage its first hit until there were two down in the fifth.

Gray wound up allowing one run while striking out five and walking one.

Eric Skoglund (1-4) gave up six runs, eight hits and two walks in five innings in the latest lousy start by the Royals' rotation. Kansas City's 5.51 team ERA is by far the worst in the majors.

''I see really bright spots in a game like today and then I see where the lights go out,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''He was moving the ball around very effectively, a good curveball and pitching aggressively and kind of struggled to do that in the fourth and the fifth.''

One night after the Yankees pounded five homers, including two from Gary Sanchez, it was the strong but inconsistent Austin that gave New York the lead and kept adding to it.

Skoglund had managed to avoid early trouble, nearly getting a triple play in the second inning, but walked Aaron Hicks to start the fourth. Austin turned on the first pitch he saw and sent it about 440 feet over the left-field wall - it actually went about 500 feet with the bounce.

New York tacked on two more runs, the first on Romine's single later in the inning and the other on Hicks' triple in the fifth, before Austin got into the act again.

This time, his two-run shot was a high fly ball that just cleared the centerfield wall.

It was the second two-homer game of the year for Austin, who also did it March 31 at Toronto. The four RBIs matched a career high, which he also accomplished April 23 against Minnesota.

That was plenty for Gray, who finally surrendered a run with two outs in the eighth. He retired his first 14 batters and only allowed two runners to reach second through the first seven innings.

''Success is a beautiful thing, especially when you've had some ups and downs,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''Adversity is not a bad thing, especially when you're Sonny Gray and you have the equipment to get out of it.''

SWEET LOU

The Royals wrapped their Legends Weekend celebration with Lou Piniella throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Piniella has deep ties to both clubs, having played five seasons in Kansas City and his final 11 with New York. He also spent three seasons as the Yankees' manager.

UP AND DOWN

Clint Frazier's return to the major leagues was brief. He made his season debut Saturday, going 1 for 2 with a double and two walks. He did not play Sunday, then was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH

New York's starting lineup Saturday was its first with every player under 29 since Sept. 26, 1970, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ''It's been all year that we've gotten good production up and down the lineup,'' Boone said. ''We've had some young players step up and kind of come to age.''

HELLO, OLD FRIEND

Kansas City assigned RHP Michael Mariot to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The eighth-round pick of the Royals in 2010 was signed Friday after getting released by San Diego earlier in the week.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery) could be ready to rejoin the Yankees this week, though that could mean deciding between him and Austin for a roster spot. ''The good thing,'' Boone said, ''is a lot of people have put themselves in a position to make it difficult.''

Royals: LHP Danny Duffy said he's perfectly healthy despite another miserable outing Saturday, and even floated the idea of moving to the bullpen. Yost nixed that on Sunday. ''That's not happening. He's a major league starter,'' Yost said, ''and yes, he's going to make his next start.''

UP NEXT

The Yankees head to Texas for a three-game set beginning Monday night, when RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73 ERA) will be on the mound. The Royals head across Missouri for three games with St. Louis with RHP Ian Kennedy (1-4, 4.98 ERA) starting the opener Monday night.

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  • W: S. Gray (3-3)L: E. Skoglund (1-4)
  • HR: NYY - A. Romine (1), T. Austin 2 (8), M. Andujar (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gardner LF40110102.225.348.291.6393.0
A. Judge RF40000112.282.416.546.9620.5
G. Stanton DH51200023.263.345.526.8723.0
A. Hicks CF42210103.250.354.435.7898.0
T. Austin 1B42242001.261.324.587.91015.0
M. Andujar 3B52311011.286.296.483.77910.5
A. Romine C52321002.326.396.488.88411.0
R. Torreyes SS51100012.339.349.435.7851.5
G. Torres 2B40000113.309.374.494.8670.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    J. Jay CF40110000.291.352.343.6952.0
    J. Soler RF30000022.297.401.486.8880.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40100010.294.333.528.8610.5
    S. Perez DH40000012.250.294.490.784-0.5
    W. Merrifield 2B40000021.292.354.427.781-1.0
    H. Dozier 1B31200010.250.318.300.6182.5
    A. Gordon LF30000002.252.317.365.6830.0
    A. Escobar SS30000001.231.288.313.6010.0
    D. Butera C20000100.172.280.234.5141.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Stanton (10), A. Romine (4)
      • 3B - A. Hicks (2), M. Andujar (2)
      • HR - T. Austin 2 (8), M. Andujar (4), A. Romine
      • RBI - B. Gardner (14), A. Hicks (17), T. Austin 4 (23), M. Andujar (16), A. Romine 2 (9)
      BATTING
      • RBI - J. Jay (10)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (5)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Torreyes-Torres-Austin)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (W, 3-3)8.04111505.481.6330.5
      A. Cole1.00000208.801.894.0
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (W, 3-3)8.0
      A. Cole1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-4)5.08662326.151.32-4.5
      B. Flynn3.04222204.701.742.0
      J. Adam1.02220122.841.11-0.5
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Skoglund (L, 1-4)5.0
      B. Flynn3.0
      J. Adam1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - S. Gray (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 92-62, A. Cole 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 11-7
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 29, A. Cole 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - E. Skoglund (2), B. Flynn (2)
      • HBP - E. Skoglund (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 80-53, B. Flynn 55-33, J. Adam 21-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, B. Flynn 1-6, J. Adam 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, B. Flynn 15, J. Adam 5
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      B. Gardner LF40110102.225.348.291.6393.0
      A. Judge RF40000112.282.416.546.9620.5
      G. Stanton DH51200023.263.345.526.8723.0
      A. Hicks CF42210103.250.354.435.7898.0
      T. Austin 1B42242001.261.324.587.91015.0
      M. Andujar 3B52311011.286.296.483.77910.5
      A. Romine C52321002.326.396.488.88411.0
      R. Torreyes SS51100012.339.349.435.7851.5
      G. Torres 2B40000113.309.374.494.8670.5
      Total401014944619-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        J. Jay CF40110000.291.352.343.6952.0
        J. Soler RF30000022.297.401.486.8880.0
        M. Moustakas 3B40100010.294.333.528.8610.5
        S. Perez DH40000012.250.294.490.784-0.5
        W. Merrifield 2B40000021.292.354.427.781-1.0
        H. Dozier 1B31200010.250.318.300.6182.5
        A. Gordon LF30000002.252.317.365.6830.0
        A. Escobar SS30000001.231.288.313.6010.0
        D. Butera C20000100.172.280.234.5141.0
        Total301410178-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - G. Stanton (10), A. Romine (4)
          • 3B - A. Hicks (2), M. Andujar (2)
          • HR - T. Austin 2 (8), M. Andujar (4), A. Romine
          • RBI - B. Gardner (14), A. Hicks (17), T. Austin 4 (23), M. Andujar (16), A. Romine 2 (9)
          BATTING
          • RBI - J. Jay (10)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Jay (5)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Torreyes-Torres-Austin)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moustakas-Merrifield)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Gray (W, 3-3)8.04111505.481.6330.5
          A. Cole1.00000208.801.894.0
          Total9.0411170---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Gray (W, 3-3)8.0
          A. Cole1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Skoglund (L, 1-4)5.08662326.151.32-4.5
          B. Flynn3.04222204.701.742.0
          J. Adam1.02220122.841.11-0.5
          Total9.0141010464---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Skoglund (L, 1-4)5.0
          B. Flynn3.0
          J. Adam1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - S. Gray (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 92-62, A. Cole 13-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 11-7
          • Batters Faced - S. Gray 29, A. Cole 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - E. Skoglund (2), B. Flynn (2)
          • HBP - E. Skoglund (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Skoglund 80-53, B. Flynn 55-33, J. Adam 21-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Skoglund 5-6, B. Flynn 1-6, J. Adam 1-1
          • Batters Faced - E. Skoglund 25, B. Flynn 15, J. Adam 5
          • 9TH INNING
            Romine homered to center101
            Andujar homered to right center91
          • 8TH INNING
            Jay reached on an infield single to second, Dozier scored, Butera to second81
            Torreyes scored, Gardner to third, Judge to second on wild pitch80
            Gardner reached on an infield single to second, Romine scored, Torreyes to second70
          • 5TH INNING
            Austin homered to center, Hicks scored60
            Hicks tripled to deep center, Stanton scored40
          • 4TH INNING
            Romine singled to shallow left, Andujar scored30
            Austin homered to left, Hicks scored20
          • 9TH INNING
            • Jason Adam relieved Brian Flynn
            • T. Austin: Ball, Austin grounded out to first
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Andujar homered to right center
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine homered to center
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes flied out to deep center
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
            • Middle of the 9th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A.J. Cole relieved Sonny Gray
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas flied out to deep center
            • S. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine doubled to right center
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torreyes singled to shallow right, Romine to third
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Torres flied out to shallow right
            • B. Gardner: Gardner reached on an infield single to second, Romine scored, Torreyes to second
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge walked, Torreyes to third, Gardner to second
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Torreyes scored, Gardner to third, Judge to second on wild pitch, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks lined out to left
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Dozier singled to right
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to second, Dozier to second
            • A. Escobar: Escobar flied out to shallow center
            • D. Butera: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Butera walked
            • J. Jay: Jay reached on an infield single to second, Dozier scored, Butera to second
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • B. Flynn Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks singled to shallow left
            • T. Austin: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Austin flied out to right
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Andujar grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Hicks out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Soler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Soler hit by pitch
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to shallow right center, Soler to second
            • S. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Soler to third, Moustakas out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Foul, Merrifield grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Brian Flynn relieved Eric Skoglund
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torreyes flied out to center
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Torres popped out to first
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Judge flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Escobar grounded out to second
            • D. Butera: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Butera flied out to center
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded bunt out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded out to shortstop
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Stanton doubled to deep left
            • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Hicks tripled to deep center, Stanton scored
            • T. Austin: Foul, Foul, Austin homered to center, Hicks scored
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Romine grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez flied out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • H. Dozier: Ball, Foul, Dozier singled to center
            • A. Gordon: Ball, Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • T. Austin: Austin homered to left, Hicks scored
            • M. Andujar: Andujar tripled to left center
            • A. Romine: Romine singled to shallow left, Andujar scored
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Torreyes flied out to right
            • G. Torres: Ball, Romine to second on wild pitch, Torres lined out to left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Jay grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Soler popped out to shortstop
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to left
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Gardner reached on fielder's choice to second, Torres out at second
            • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Judge flied out to deep right
            • G. Stanton: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Stanton flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • A. Gordon: Gordon grounded out to first
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Escobar fouled out to third
            • D. Butera: Butera grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • T. Austin: Ball, Austin hit by pitch
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Andujar singled to center, Austin to second
            • A. Romine: Romine reached on a double play third to second, Austin out at third, Andujar out at second
            • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Perez lined out to center
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield grounded out to third
            • H. Dozier: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • E. Skoglund Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to catcher
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Stanton singled to shallow center
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Hicks flied out to left
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Gray Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Jay grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Soler: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Soler struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)