MLB: YANKEES 5, ROYALS 1
NEW YORK (AP) — The Kansas City Royals haven't been in this kind of slump in a year.
The Yankees put up two more first-inning runs in this series — Mark Teixeira's two run homer — and the Royals couldn't recover, losing their third straight for the first time since last August, 5-1 to New York on Tuesday night.
"You don't want to go to four," Royals manager Ned Yost said, "so we're going to have to find a way to win the baseball game tomorrow."
On Monday the Royals fell behind 8-0 in the first inning of a 14-1 loss to New York. On Tuesday Jason Vargas (3-2) gave up Teixeira's drive in the first, but otherwise looked sharp in his first outing since May 5.
Vargas came off the disabled list to make the start, taking the spot of Danny Duffy, who went on the DL on Monday with biceps tendinitis. Vargas was on a 75-pitch limit and Yost stuck to it, pulling the left-hander after four innings. Vargas struck out six and gave up four hits.
"Teixeira's was definitely a mistake. It was right over the middle of the plate. Other than that, I felt good out there," said Vargas, who had been out with a flex or muscle strain. "I didn't have any lingering effects of what was hampering me before."
Vargas has not beaten the Yankees in eight starts and nine appearances, dropping to 0-5.
The Royals mustered a season-low four hits in the loss.
Adam Warren (3-3) was perfect until Mike Moustakas beat out a hit to second baseman Stephen Drew with one out in the fourth. The only other hit he allowed was Paulo Orlando's first major league homer in the sixth.
Teixeira doubled in two more runs in the fifth against Joe Blanton.
He advanced to third on the double when center fielder Lorenzo Cain bobbled the ball for an error and scored on Chase Headley's sacrifice fly, caught by Gold Glover Alex Gordon with a tumbling catch on the sinking liner.
Cain made a leaping catch in front of the wall for the third out of the inning, and Teixeira stood in the dugout with his hand on his head and mouth agape, stunned.