American League Game Summary - New York at Kansas City|
(Sunday, May 12th)
Final Score: New York 4, Kansas City 2
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda threw 7 2/3 strong innings,
Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells clubbed back-to-back homers, and the New York
Yankees remained hot with a 4-2 triumph over the Kansas City Royals at
Both Cano and Wells drove in a pair of runs, with Wells finishing 3-for-4 and
Cano and Chris Stewart each collecting two hits to help the Yankees to a
season-high fifth straight win and the team's first three-game sweep in Kansas
City since Sept. 7-9, 2007.
"These guys have gotten it done, different ways, different guys every night,"
said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "The pitching has been very, very good.
We've continued to lose players during the season. These guys have done a
Kuroda (5-2) aided the cause by yielding just two runs on six hits while
working at least seven frames for a third consecutive start.
Making his final scheduled appearance at Kauffman Stadium, Mariano Rivera
tossed a scoreless ninth to notch his 15th save in as many chances to begin
Ervin Santana (3-2) served up Cano and Wells' back-to-back blasts during a
three-run top of the third, and surrendered four runs in all on eight hits
over 6 1/3 innings to receive the loss.
Alex Gordon went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the setback, the sixth in seven
outings for the Royals.
Kuroda's day didn't start off well, as Jarrod Dyson ripped his third pitch of
the game down the right-field line for a double. He then moved up a base on an
Alcides Escobar sacrifice before coming home on Gordon's deep fly to center
for a quick 1-0 Kansas City lead.
The right-hander was in control thereafter, though, setting down the Royals in
order in each of the next three innings and not allowing a runner past second
until Kansas City got back on the board in the eighth.
"He had his stuff working and he kept us off-balance," said Dyson. "I'm not
going to give him all the credit, but he did his job as a pitcher. We couldn't
get our big hits today."
Santana, meanwhile, retired seven of the first eight Yankee hitters until
Stewart singled with one out in the third. One out later, Cano sent New York
in front with his 10th homer of the season, a blast over the Royals' bullpen
on a first-pitch slider.
Wells followed with his third homer in five games, a towering fly that landed
just inside the foul pole in left that put New York ahead 3-1.
He delivered again in his next at-bat, lacing a single in the fifth that
brought in Brett Gardner after the Yankees' leadoff man doubled into the left-
New York mustered only two hits the rest of the way, however, and the Royals
drew closer by reaching Kuroda for a run in the eighth.
Elliot Johnson began the comeback attempt with a leadoff double and scored on
Escobar's grounder two batters afterward. Gordon then socked an opposite-field
double that ended Kuroda's afternoon and brought the tying run to the plate,
but David Robertson came on to retire Billy Butler and end the threat.
Rivera entered to a warm ovation from a classy Kansas City crowd in the bottom
of the ninth and was greeted by a leadoff single by Eric Hosmer, but induced a
double-play ball from Salvador Perez before finishing off his 29th straight
successful save opportunity against the Royals.
"You appreciate that," said Rivera of the cheers. "[Saturday] they made me
feel like I was from here [as well]. It was wonderful."
Rivera, who last blew a save against the Royals on Aug. 18, 1998, was honored
by the Royals prior to the game, with the team making a donation to a church
the legendary closer is renovating in the New York area ... The Yankees placed
shortstop Eduardo Nunez, out since May 6 with a left oblique strain, on the
disabled list prior to the game while purchasing the contract of infielder
Alberto Gonzalez from Scranton-Wilkes Barre ... Santana is now 0-6 in nine
starts against the Yankees since defeating them while with the Angels on Aug.
1, 2008 ... New York improved to 21-3 this season when allowing four or less
runs ... Butler ended 0-for-4 and is now 2-for-23 over his last six games.
05/12 20:14:25 ET