The Royals have started another losing streak. After snapping a 13-game skid on Friday night, Kansas City dropped the finals two games of their series with the Yankees. On Sunday they fell 6-5, despite an impressive comeback.
Royals’ starter Runelvys Hernandez was only able to record two outs in the first inning before heading to the showers. New York scored five runs, all charged to Hernandez (1-4). Johnny Damon started the scoring with a lead-off home run. After Giving up singles to Derek Jeter and Gary Sheffield, Jason Giambi doubled in Jeter to make it 2-0. Alex Rodriguez was up next and he singled in Sheffield and Giambi to give the Yankees a 4-0 advantage.
Hernandez’s only relief was a double play that Robinson Cano grounded into, but Melky Cabrera walked to set up Terrence Long’s RBI single. That made it 5-0 and ended a short, but long day for Hernandez.
Cano’s sacrifice fly in the second off rookie reliever, and St. Louis native, Bobby Keppel, drove in the Yankees’ final run of the game.
The Royals mounted a comeback thanks to RBIs from Matt Stairs, Mark Grudzielanek, Angel Berroa, Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown. They scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings and plated two in the seventh to cut it to 6-5.. They could have had more runs, but the Royals stranded a runner at third base in the fifth and sixth innings.
Jaret Wright (3-3) got the win and was charged with three of the Royals’ runs over 5.1 innings. Mariano Rivera worked a perfect ninth for his 11th save.
Kansas City has lost 15 of their last 16 and is 3-23 on the road this season.