American League Game Summary - Kansas City at New York|
(Monday, July 8th)
Final Score: Kansas City 5, New York 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jeremy Guthrie pitched into the seventh inning
and Billy Butler homered to help the Kansas City Royals to a 5-1 win over the
New York Yankees in the opener of a four-game series.
Guthrie (8-6) scattered six hits and gave up a run over 6 2/3 innings to break
a personal 0-3 stretch over four starts.
David Lough had a pair of hits and an RBI for the Royals, who lost twice at
home to Oakland in a three-game set over the weekend.
The Royals had lost five in a row to the Yankees going back to last season,
but scored twice in the second inning and endured a near one-hour rain delay
before dealing the Yankees their second straight loss.
Yankees starter Phil Hughes (4-8) was lifted following a 59-minute rain delay
in the bottom of the fourth inning. The right-hander allowed four hits and a
pair of runs, including Butler's solo blast, over four innings to lose for the
sixth time in his last eight decisions.
Adam Warren worked 3 2/3 innings in long relief, but the Yankees struggled in
clutch situations. They left the bases loaded in the ninth inning when Greg
Holland struck out the final three batters to secure his 21st save.
Lyle Overbay clubbed a pinch-hit homer for New York, which went 1-for-7 with
men in scoring position and left 10 on base.
The Yankees had won a season-high six in a row prior to Sunday's loss
against Baltimore when future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera blew a save by
giving up a two-run homer to Adam Jones.
Butler led off the second with a homer to right. Mike Moustakas doubled to
left with one out and he scored on Lough's double down the left field line.
Robinson Cano was in the middle of his at-bat with one out when the tarp was
rolled out. Guthrie continued to pitch following the delay and retired the
ensuing two batters to end the frame.
"With this hot, humid weather he was able stay loose, throw in the cage,"
Royals manager Ned Yost said of the decision to stick with Guthrie.
Johnny Giavotella's double into the right field corner plated Moustakas in the
seventh before Overbay homered to the second deck in right on the bottom half.
Pinch-hitter Eduardo Nunez struck out swinging to leave runners at the
Alex Gordon had an RBI double and he scored on an Alcides Escobar triple to
left in the ninth to create a four-run margin.
Luke Hochevar and Holland combined to fill the bases with nobody out until
successive strikeouts of Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte ended the
Gardner has struck out at least once in each of his last 16 games, setting the
franchise record for consecutive games with a strikeout as a batter.
"He's just struggling a little right now," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
"I can't really put my finger on it."
Guthrie is 5-9 lifetime against the Yankees ... New York fell to 14-4 against
the AL Central this season ... Hughes had won each of his last five starts
versus Kansas City ... The Royals recalled pitcher Louis Coleman from Omaha
and optioned pitcher Will Smith to the Triple-A club ... The Yankees optioned
infielder David Adams to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room on the
roster for infielder Travis Ishikawa, who was claimed off waivers from the
Baltimore Orioles Sunday.
07/08 23:46:14 ET