After blowing four late starts, the Yankees finally beat the Royals in eleventh place.

After blowing four late starts, the Yankees finally beat the Royals in eleventh place.

After blowing four late starts, the Yankees finally beat the Royals in eleventh place.

KANSAS CITY, Monday (AP) – DJ LeMahieu opened the 11th inning with an RBI double and the New York Yankees, after losing four leads at the last minute, finally managed to contain the spirited Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Monday for the night.

Brett Gardner led another run at 11 with an infield single, and Tyler Wade scored on a throwing error by second baseman Whit Merrifield to make it 8-5.

But the royalty, who tied the score in each of the previous four innings, refused to easily go down once again. They got a two-out RBI single by pinch-hitter Edward Olivares and brought the potential winning run to the plate before Carlos Santana rolled to end a game that lasted 4 hours and 52 minutes.

Wandy Peralta made his third major league save; the first two came with San Francisco earlier this season.

Luke Voit, activated from the disabled list Sunday, broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and hit a tiebreaker home run in the ninth for New York. Aaron Judge singled for a run in the eighth to make it 2-1.

Kansas City became the first team since 1900 to erase a deficit in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings of a game, according to STATS.

The Yankees had single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but the Royals kept responding. Ryan O’Hearn’s sacrifice fly in the seventh, Andrew Benintendi’s single in the eighth and Nicky Lopez’s single in the ninth tied the score.

New York had two in the 10th on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Higashioka and a single by Gardner. Kansas City tied it once again with a Jarrod Dyson sacrifice fly and a Hanser Alberto single.

Clay Holmes (4-2) took the victory. Greg Holland (2-5) took the loss.

Giancarlo Stanton’s 122 mph double-play groundout in the first inning equaled his own mark for the fastest exit velocity of a ball put into play in the StatCast era.

Neither headline made a decision. Kansas City’s Carlos Hernandez allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Jameson Taillon allowed one dirty run and four hits in more than six innings. He struck out four and walked two.

The game was delayed in the top of the fourth when plate umpire Brian Knight left the game. Pat Hoberg, who had been at third base, moved behind the plate. No reason was given for Knight’s departure.


Yankees INF Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left thumb. Manager Aaron Boone said the team “ got good news (Sunday night). We were concerned that it would be more serious. From now on it is a sprain. The initial thought is 10 to 20 days. ”

Torres’ spot on the list was taken by INF Andrew Velázquez, who was brought in from Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees also called up Triple-A RHP Nick Nelson to replace RHP player Luis Gil, who returned to Scranton / Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s game.


The Yankees send LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (0-0, 2.15 ERA) to the mound for Game 2 of the series Tuesday night. Cortés will make his fifth start and 13th appearance for New York in 2021. He faced the Royals twice in his career, both in relief, and pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Royals counterattack with Daniel Lynch (2-3, 6.00). He is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA since being pulled from Triple-A Omaha on July 25.