Yankees drop Royals 6-2
NEW YORK (AP) - Brandon McCarthy won for the second time in six starts, and the New York Yankees feasted on Kansas City's bullpen in a 6-2 win Saturday after Royals starter Danny Duffy left because of an injury after just one pitch.
A night after a 1-0 loss in the series opener dropped them 4½ games back for the AL's second wild card, the weak-hitting Yankees scored as many as six runs for the first time since Aug. 29.
McCarthy (6-4) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings with four strikeouts and a walk. He was 3-10 with a 5.01 ERA in 18 starts before the Yankees acquired from Arizona on July 6.
Shawn Kelley, Dellin Betances and David Robertson combined for hitless relief. New York relievers have thrown 11 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief in their last four games with 14 strikeouts and no walks.