Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Yankees' home runs back Sabathia in 7-1 rout of Royals

Yankees' home runs back Sabathia in 7-1 rout of Royals

CC Sabathia pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and Gary Sanchez and Chris Carter homered as the New York Yankees beat the Kansas City Royals 7-1 on Tuesday night.

With CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda picking up wins against the worst hitting team (.226 batting average) in the American League, even the $46 million bust Igawa might have been able to bluff his way through five frames for a victory.

"I think it's important, " Girardi said of Sanchez's 2-for-4 night with a walk and solid connection with Sabathia. "It's my favorite park". He yielded five hits, four of them singles, walked two and struck out four. Then, he threw widely of first base to allow the lead runner to go from second to third.

Both the guys that hit it out are strong boys.

Eric Hosmer had Kansas City's lone extra-base hit, a double, and Merrifield drove in the Royals' lone run with a groundout.

It was another dismal night for Hammel, who allowed seven runs over seven innings in his last start against Tampa Bay.

"It was two balls that left the yard that hurt me", he said.

Now, "I'm just looking forward to the next game and hoping that I can keep on making good contact". "I've got to find a way to do a better job of establishing a better tone early". He got some defensive help from the likes of Gardner and Chase Headley, but he had allowed just three hits up to that point. Adam Judge had 39 hits, 30 runs and 19 RBI with 14 homers in that time. Eight of his past nine home runs, dating to last season, have been on the road.

Kansas City had won four straight and six of seven.

They tacked on another run in the eighth when Matt Holliday's fielder's choice grounder with the bases loaded scored Gregorius.

Sabathia (3-2, 4.93 ERA), pitching on six days rest, had been going through a rough patch after starting the season 2-0 with a 1.47 ERA (18.1IP, 3ER) in his first three starts.

There was a moment of silence before the game for Steve Palermo, the umpire whose career ended when he was shot trying to break up a robbery in 1991. He had been ill with cancer.

Royals RHP Ian Kennedy played long toss before the game and should be ready to start Saturday. Kennedy threw a side session and tested his hamstring in pitchers fielding practice before the game with no problems.

It took the New York Yankees four innings to spoil that.

The Royals lefthander departed after four innings with a far different number after the Yankees bruised and battered him in an 11-7 victory in front of 22,899 at Kauffman Stadium. He is 5-1 with a 1.01 ERA this season, but 0-5 with a 6.53 ERA vs.

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