KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In the aftermath of costing the Yankees three runs in a loss Friday, night Gleyber Torres vowed to be better on Saturday evening.
The neophyte second baseman kept his word by leading the Yankees to an 8-3 victory over the Royals that was watched by 33,684 at Kauffman Stadium.
Torres’ fourth homer in 75 big league at-bats came with two on and the score tied, 2-2, in the fourth against lefty loser Danny Duffy.
The 29-13 Yankees won for the 20th time in 24 games, and the victory went to Luis Severino (7-1), who has won five straight. In six innings Severino gave up three runs, eight hits, walked two and struck out six. He hasn’t lost since April 10, when the Red Sox scored five runs and had eight hits in five innings at Fenway Park.
Severino also received support from Gary Sanchez, who went 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs. It was Sanchez’s 10th career multi-home run game and third this season. Aaron Hicks hit his second inside-the-park homer in the third, and Giancarlo Stanton crushed his 11th homer in the ninth. It was Stanton’s 500th career extra-base hit.
Chad Green took over for Severino to start the seventh and gave up a leadoff double to No. 9 hitter Ryan Goins. Jon Jay whiffed in front of Jorge Soler’s ground ball to third baseman Miguel Andujar. Soler was called safe at first but the Yankees believed otherwise and challenged the call. The ruling on the field was overturned and the Royals had a runner on second with two outs instead of two runners on and one out.
When Whit Merrifield opened the sixth with a double to left-center Green started to throw in the Yankees’ bullpen. Severino rebounded by striking out Alex Gordon and retiring Hunter Dozier on a fly to right that advanced Merrifield to third. Alcides Escobar stranded Merrifield by tapping out to Severino.
Dellin Betances worked the eighth and Aroldis Chapman recorded the final three outs in a non-save situation.
Not every spot in the Yankees’ lineup enjoyed a productive game, though. Aaron Judge went 0-for-5 and struck out looking three times.
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