Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Scott Podsednik went 3-for-4, scored once and drove a run in, leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-4 win over the New York Yankees in the third installment of a four-game set.
Jose Guillen added his 16th homer and drove in two runs, while Rick Ankiel also had two RBI for the Royals, who won for the first time in this series and only the third time in 12 games overall.
Kyle Davies (5-6) recorded his first win since May 28th, going eight starts without one, after yielding four runs, seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Joakim Soria locked down his 27th save.
Mark Teixeira blasted two homers and drove in three for the Yankees, who fell to 5-3 on a nine-game homestand. Jorge Posada also homered in defeat.
Alex Rodriguez, sitting on 599 career homers and facing Davies, off whom he belted his 500th home run, went 1-for-4 with an infield single.
Sergio Mitre (0-2) made his first start since May 16 and gave up seven runs — five earned — and seven hits in 4 1/3 frames. He is filling in for Andy Pettitte, who is expected to be out about a month with an injured groin.
The Royals got to Mitre for two runs in the first. After Podsednik led off with a single and Jason Kendall was hit by a 3-2 pitch, the runners pulled off a double steal. Billy Butler followed with a grounder to third, and Rodriguez’s somewhat high throw home was in plenty of time, but Posada lost the ball as he applied the tag on Podsednik. Guillen followed with a sacrifice fly to center field before Alex Gordon bounced into a double play.
A two-out rally gave Kansas City another run in the third. Mitre retired the first two batters of the inning, but Kendall singled and stole second before racing home on a base hit to left field by Butler.
The Royals kept pouring it on with three more runs in the fourth. A Gordon walk and Wilson Betemit double began the inning, and Ankiel hammered a 1-0 pitch to right for a two-run double and five run-lead. The next two batters were retired, but Podsednik’s single allowed Ankiel to score the team’s sixth run.
Teixeira got the Yankees on the board in the home half with a leadoff blast, although Rodriguez couldn’t duplicate the feat, instead reaching on an infield single. He was quickly erased on Robinson Cano’s double play groundout, but Posada’s blast to right brought New York to within 6-2.
Guillen answered with a one-out solo blast in the fifth to put Kansas City ahead by five, ending Mitre’s outing in the process, but Teixeira belted another home run — a two-run shot — in the bottom of the inning to make it a three-run contest, 7-4.
Rodriguez had another chance at 600 in the fifth, but grounded out to second to end the inning. He grounded into a fielder’s choice in the seventh in his final at-bat.
The Yankees didn’t threaten down the stretch until the ninth, when Teixeira came up with two runners on and two outs. Soria induced a soft ground ball up the middle, but Yuniesky Betancourt fielded it and fired to first just in time to record the out.
Saturday marked the 27th anniversary of the famous “Pine Tar Incident” where Royals Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett was called out following a home run due to the amount of pine tar on his bat. Brett famously emerged from the dugout in a screaming rage, and the Royals eventually protested the game, which the Yankees originally won. The protest was upheld, and Kansas City won the replayed contest, 5-4…Teixeira recorded his 28th career multi-homer game and third this season. Since he was batting .211 following a game on June 6, Teixeira is batting .338 with 12 homers in 39 games…The Royals went 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position, while the Yankees went 0-for-4.