American League Game Summary - Kansas City at New York|
(Wednesday, May 23rd)
Final Score: New York 8, Kansas City 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez homered twice and drove in three
runs as the New York Yankees dispatched Kansas City, 8-3, in the rubber match
of a three-game series at Yankee Stadium.
Derek Jeter added three hits and Curtis Granderson homered with two runs
scored for the Yankees, who took the final two games of the set after dropping
six of seven.
Andy Pettitte (2-1) worked seven-plus innings, allowing seven hits and two
runs while fanning eight.
"I'm trying to keep in as simple as I possibly can," Pettitte said of his
approach on the mound. "I wanna go out there, try and shut down the other
team, let my guys get on the board first, set a tempo early, throw strikes.
That's the game plan."
Billy Butler and Mitch Maier homered for the Royals, who have lost six of
eight. In his major-league debut, Will Smith (0-1) was charged with six hits
and five runs over 3 1/3 frames.
"The long ball certainly hurt him tonight," said Royals manager Ned Yost.
"Some pitches got too much of the plate, but you know it's a tough thing to
come in here for your first start against this ball club."
Maier cleared the wall in left center to make it 5-2 in the fifth, but the
hosts came up with three more in the home half to essentially wrap up the
Jayson Nix was hit by a Luis Mendoza pitch to start, then after a Mike
Moustakas error on a Jeter sacrifice, two runners moved into scoring position.
Granderson and Mark Teixeira walked in succession to force in New York's sixth
run, then after Rodriguez grounded into a force at home, Jose Mijares came on
but allowed an RBI fielder's choice to Robinson Cano and a bases-loaded walk
to Andruw Jones for an 8-2 game.
Eric Hosmer's bloop double plated Alcides Escobar in the ninth, but David
Phelps retired Humberto Quintero and Maier to end the game.
Granderson launched a solo shot to right center with one down in the first,
and after a Teixiera walk, Rodriguez hit the seats in left to make it 3-0.
"When you're in the middle of the order, your team expects you to come up with
big hits," noted Rodriguez. "I was tired of making the news for hitting a fly
ball and stealing a base. I had to go back to what my bread-and-butter is."
In the third, the Yanks picked up two more, thanks to a double-play groundout
from Teixeira and solo homer from Rodriguez.
KC got one back in the fourth on a Butler shot to right, but failed to dent
Pettitte further despite loading the bases with two outs.
Pettitte posted his first win over Kansas City since April 10, 2009...Jeter
tied Paul Waner for 15th on all-time list with a single in the eighth,
now at 3,152 career hits...Rodriguez posted his first multi-homer contest
since May 17, 2011 at Tampa...Both clubs hit the diamond again on Friday, as
the Yankees begin a nine-game road trip in Oakland and the Royals continue
their nine-game sojourn in Baltimore.
05/24 00:03:36 ET