(Saturday, September 6)
Final Score: New York 6, Kansas City 2
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – Brandon McCarthy turned in 6 2/3 strong innings to get himself back on track and lead the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals.
After being tagged for nine runs while dropping his previous two starts, McCarthy (6-4) yielded just two along with six hits and a walk to help New York bounce back from a shutout loss in Friday’s opener of this three-game set.
Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to pace a Yankee offense that reached fill-in starter Liam Hendriks for four runs — three earned — and seven hits over the first four innings.
Hendriks (1-1) was pressed into duty when Danny Duffy exited the contest with a sore left shoulder after throwing only one pitch.
Alex Gordon and Mike Moustakas each knocked in runs for Kansas City, which had a four-game win streak halted but still leads the AL Central by two games with Detroit losing to San Francisco on Saturday.
Hendriks retired the first two New York hitters upon being called into duty, but Prado drilled a double to left center to extend the opening inning and Mark Teixeira followed with a single that plated the game’s initial run.
Gordon’s two-out single that brought in Moustakas pulled Kansas City even in the third, before the Yankees scored twice in their half of the frame to move back in front.
John Ryan Murphy doubled in front of Jacoby Ellsbury’s go-ahead triple to deep center, with a Derek Jeter sacrifice fly tacking on another run for a 3-1 New York edge.
The Yankees increased the margin an inning later, as Chase Headley singled and later moved to third on a Murphy base hit prior to Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez making an errant throw on a pickoff attempt that enabled Headley to cross the plate.
McCarthy kept Alcides Escobar stranded at third after the Royals shortstop got there with a one-out double and an error in the top of the fifth, and New York tallied twice more in the bottom of the inning to continue to pull away.
Doubles by Prado and Carlos Beltran off Casey Coleman upped the lead to 5-1, with Beltran scoring on Ichiro Suzuki’s pinch-hit single two batters afterward.
The Royals were able to convert Josh Willingham’s leadoff double in the seventh into a run, as a groundout and a sac fly from Moustakas trimmed the deficit to 6-2. Kansas City didn’t manage a hit the rest of the way, however, against relievers Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances and David Robertson.
Duffy became the first Kansas City starter to fail to record an out since Rick Reed against Boston on July 22, 1992 … Willingham had missed the Royals’ last six games with a back injury … Suzuki and Murphy each finished with two hits … The Yankees have won seven of their last nine home games.
|Lorenzo Cain CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3||.293|
|Omar Infante 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|Alex Gordon LF||3||0||1||1||0||0||0||1||0||.277|
|Salvador Perez C||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.269|
|Eric Hosmer 1B||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.262|
|Josh Willingham DH||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||.220|
|Carlos Peguero RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.167|
|Mike Moustakas 3B||2||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.206|
|Alcides Escobar SS||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Jacoby Ellsbury CF||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Derek Jeter DH||3||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||1||.260|
|Martin Prado 2B||4||2||3||0||2||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Mark Teixeira 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||.224|
|Carlos Beltran RF||4||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Chris Young LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Chase Headley 3B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.259|
|Zelous Wheeler LF||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||.234|
|Ichiro Suzuki PH-LF-RF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Brendan Ryan SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|John Ryan Murphy C||4||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
E_S.Perez, Z.Wheeler. LOB_Kansas City 4, NY Yankees 6. 2B_E.Hosmer, J.Willingham, A.Escobar, M.Prado 2, C.Beltran, J.Murphy. 3B_J.Ellsbury. SF_M.Moustakas, D.Jeter.
|Liam Hendriks (L 1-1)||4.0||7||4||3||0||3||0||71-48||4.81|
|Brandon McCarthy (W 6-4)||6.2||6||2||2||1||4||0||105-75||2.79|
Umpires_Home,Gary Cederstrom; First, Chris Segal; Second, Lance Barksdale; Third, Kerwin Danley.