American League Game Summary - Kansas City at New York|
(Tuesday, May 22nd)
Final Score: New York 3, Kansas City 2
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Robinson Cano belted a solo home run, Phil Hughes
pitched six strong innings and the New York Yankees posted a 3-2 victory over
the Kansas City Royals in the middle installment of a three-game series.
Hughes (4-5) gave up two runs on five hits, walked two and struck out seven.
Rafael Soriano worked around a ground-rule double in the ninth to earn his
third save of the season.
"I thought he used his changeup real effectively," remarked Yankees skipper
Joe Girardi about Hughes. "I thought he used his fastball. I thought his
curveball was pretty good tonight, so pleased with the way he threw the ball."
Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson had an RBI apiece for New York, which
avoided losing four straight games for the first time this season. The Yankees
won for just the second time in their last eight games.
Jeff Francoeur homered off Hughes and Humberto Quintero added a run-scoring
double for the Royals, whose road winning streak was snapped at five games.
Luke Hochevar (3-5) allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and eight
strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings to absorb the loss.
Quintero delivered a one-out double with a runner on second, giving the Royals
a 1-0 lead in the third. Francoeur took Hughes deep in the next inning, but
Cano put the Yankees on the board in the home fourth, and New York moved ahead
with a two-run fifth.
Mark Teixeira led off with a single and Hochevar hit the next batter before
Dewayne Wise bunted for a hit, loading the bases with no outs. Jeter then
plated Teixeira with a single to right field and Russell Martin scored on a
groundout by Granderson.
After an intentional walk to Cano reloaded the bases, Hochevar fanned Alex
Rodriguez and Raul Ibanez to escape further damage.
"He was maybe a hitter or two away from coming out," said Royals manager Ned
Yost about Hochevar in the fifth. "We weren't going to let it get too far away
from us but we wanted to give him the opportunity to get through it."
Kansas City had a chance to generate some runs in the sixth, but Irving Falu
flied out to left with the bases loaded.
Hughes has won each of his last four starts against Kansas City...Before the
game, the Royals placed second baseman Chris Getz on the 15-day disabled list
with a left ribcage contusion and selected the contract of pitcher Will
Smith from Triple-A Omaha. To clear space on the 40-man roster, pitcher Blake
Wood was transferred to the 60-day DL.
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