Yanks offense lets Burnett off hook in defeat of Royals
By Sports Network
|New York Yankees starting pitcher A.J. Burnett delivers a first inning pitch to Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon. (REUTERS/Dave Kaup)
A.J. Burnett looked like he was heading for another frustrating loss or no-decision, having just given up the lead in the fifth inning.
But the Yankees offense rallied to go back on top in the sixth, highlighted by Derek Jeter's two-run triple, to guide New York to a 7-4 victory over the Royals and help their starter win for the first time in more than a month.
Burnett (9-9) lasted just 5 2/3 innings -- the 11th time this season he's failed to go at least six innings -- and allowed three runs and 10 hits. He gave up all his runs after Kansas City loaded the bases in the fifth, but got a key double play to escape further damage.
Because of his teammates' subsequent run support, the right-hander picked up his first win since June 29. He was 0-3 with a 6.00 earned run average in seven starts since.
Jeter finished 3-for-4 with three RBI while Brett Gardner had two hits and drove in two for New York, which pulled into a tie with idle Boston atop the AL East standings.
Felipe Paulino (1-5) allowed five runs in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss for Kansas City, which was coming off a 1-6 road trip. Rookie second baseman Johnny Giavotella had a career-best three hits.