Yankees 4, Royals 2: Robinson Cano homered and Vernon Wells went deep for the second straight game as visiting New York completed a three-game sweep of Kansas City.
Hiroki Kuroda (5-2) allowed only a sacrifice fly by the Royals' Alex Gordon and an RBI groundout by Alcides Esocbar over 7 2/3 innings. The right-hander went 15 batters without allowing a hit at one point to win for the fifth time in his last six decisions and Mariano Rivera worked around a leadoff single in the ninth for his 15th save.
Ervin Santana (3-2), who allowed all four runs and eight of the Yankees’ nine hits over 6 1/3 innings, fell to 0-6 in his last nine starts against New York.
Trailing 1-0 in the third, New York pulled ahead when Chris Stewart singled and Cano pounded the first pitch he saw over the bullpen in right field – his sixth career homer off Santana. Wells followed with a solo shot and added an RBI single down the third-base line in the fifth inning.
The early offense was more than enough support for Kuroda, who came into the game 0-2 with a 4.66 ERA in his career against the Royals. The right-hander yielded six hits and a walk and didn't allow a hit between Jarrod Dyson's leadoff double and a single by Jeff Francoeur with two outs in the sixth inning.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Kansas City was swept for the first time this season. … Cano’s six homers off Santana are two more than he has against any other pitcher. … Rivera has converted his last 29 chances against the Royals dating to Aug. 18, 1998 – his longest active streak against any team.