December 19, 2014

Seventh inning dooms Chen, Royals

Derek Jeter finished off a four-run seventh with a two-run homer Friday, propelling the New York Yankees to a 6-2 victory over Kansas City.

Both teams scored twice in the first inning and it remained a 2-2 contest until the Yankees broke things open with their big seventh inning.

With Bruce Chen (0-4) pitching for the Royals, Robinson Cano led off the seventh with a single. The next two batters were retired, but Eduardo Nunez tripled home Cano and Nunez scored on a single by Chris Stewart.

That brought up Jeter, who hit a 2-2 pitch over the wall in center for his fifth home run of the season.

Mark Teixeira hit a two-run homer for the Yankees in the first but the Royals promptly tied it on RBI doubles from Alex Gordon and Jeff Francoeur.

CC Sabathia (4-0) worked eight innings to get the win, giving up two runs on seven hits. He helped New York end a three-game losing streak.

After winning at home for the first time all season on Thursday, the Royals suffered their 11th home loss Friday.