The Royals lost 8-7 and were swept by the Yankees yesterday afternoon despite a late rally. Jimmy Gobble gave up eight Yankee runs and was charged with the loss, dropping to 2-2. In the ninth Kansas City trailed 8-3, when they reeled off seven straight hits and scored four runs. But disaster struck when Carlos Beltran rounded too far past second on a Raul Ibanez single and was thrown gunned down for the second out. Joe Randa followed up with an RBI single to make it 8-7, but Desi Relaford struck out to end the game a run short of a tie. Roger Clemons got his 305th win at the expense of the Royals. The afternoon loss allowed the White Sox to move into a tie with the Royals for first in the A.L. Central with their 5-3 win over the Angels. The Twins beat the Indians 4-3 and are a half-game out of first. Kansas City visits Minnesota for the first of four tonight.