The Royals were in a 6-0 hole before they put their first run on the board in a 6-3 loss to the Yankees. Kevin Appier was responsible for all the runs, allowing three home runs on Tuesday and dropping to 8-9. Alfonso Soriano and Bernie Williams accounted for most of the damage by belting a couple of two-run homers. Karim Garcia also went deep last night. Kansas City scored three runs off two hits and three errors in the seventh inning. The loss cuts their lead over the White Sox to one game and their lead over the Twins to one and a half.