Jose Guillen continued to tear up Yankee pitching, hitting an 0-2 Mariano Rivera fastball over the wall to give the Royals a 3-2 win and a series split in New York. For Guillen, it was his fourth home run of the series and he finished 9 for 16.
Of course the Yankees didn’t go away easy. Joakim Soria picked up the save after Alex Rodriguez’s tapper to third base turned into an infield single. After getting two outs, the Yankees loaded the bases on a walk and a hit batter, but Soria got Melky Cabrera to ground out for his 14th save.
Mike Mussina who has been pitching well for New York, shut down the Royals until the 7 th inning. Guillen doubled and with two outs Miguel Olivo hit his 8 th home run to take a 2-0 lead.
Royals’ starter Luke Hochevar was matching zeroes with Mussina, but also gave up a two run homer in the bottom of the 7 th to Alex Rodriquez to tie the game up. Hochevar left without getting a hitter in the 7 th , but up to that point, held the Yankees to two hits over his first six innings.
Yasuhiko Yabuta got credit for the win as both teams came up empty handed in the 8th. The Royals now head home to face the Texas Rangers.