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Sabathia Goes the Distance, but Kansas City Picks Up the Win

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- New York Yankees’ starting pitcher CC Sabathia has well established himself as the workhorse of the team’s pitching staff. Tuesday’s night performance was no different for the ‘Big Hoss,’ as Sabathia tossed his 37th career complete game, albeit in a 3-1 loss to the visiting Kansas City Royals.

For the first time all season, the Yankees lost three straight games at home for the first time in nearly since July of 2012, something that Sabathia tried to overcome in going nine innings, giving up three earned runs off seven hits and two home runs by the Royals suddenly emergent offense.

“I think they are pitching pretty good. They’re throwing pretty good ballgames. We’re just not scoring runs for them,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi on Sabathia and the rest of the Yankees’ pitching staff.

New York led 1-0 right from the start, scoring in the bottom of the first inning after Yankees’ center-fielder Brett Gardner, who led-off the inning with a bunt single down the third baseline, scored from third base two batters later on an RBI-single past second base by Robinson Cano.

The one run would be all for the Yankees who have now scored only one run in each of their last three games, something they haven’t done since 2005.

The Pinstripes held their slim lead until the sixth inning, when Royals’ right-fielder, and No.9 batter David Lough got enough of the ball on a 1-1 count to send it into the right-field stands for his third homer of the year, knotting the game at 1-1.

Billy Butler scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh off Sabathia, by hitting a lead-off home run to left-field on the second pitch he saw, providing the Royals bullpen with the only run support they would need in a 2-1 lead.

“Got one yesterday, got one today,” Butler said.

For good measure, Kansas City tacked on a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, after back-to-back doubles with one out by Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer resulted in Escobar scoring from second base to make it 3-1 Royals.

Escobar, who finished 1-for-4 on the night, extended his road hitting streak to 13 games with his eighth inning double, while batting .333 with three doubles, two triples and six RBIs during that span.

On the hill for Kansas City was pitcher James Shields, the big piece in the trade between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Royals this past off-season that saw phenom catcher/outfielder Wil Myers go to the Rays for Shields, a veteran pitcher with a nice track record in Tampa.

Shields, who has struggled at times this season, won his fourth game on the year to up his record to 4-6.

“Forget the record. The record has nothing to do with how he’s pitched,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s been as good as you would hope a No. 1 starter can be.”

Shields went seven innings, surrendering just the one earned run back in the first inning on five hits, all within the first two innings with none after the third  to earn his first win in the Bronx since May of 2010.

“It was nice to settle down,” said Shields on finding his groove in the third inning.

Kansas City closer Greg Holland picked up his second straight save against the Yankees and his 22nd on the season, striking out Travis Hafner, inducing a ground-out of Zoilo Almonte, and getting Lyle Overbay to pop-up to end the game.

Holland now has 15 consecutive saves since May 30th, having allowed only two runs in 19 innings with 34 strikeouts.

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