A-Rod hits 3 home runs in 8-3 win over Royals

Posted: 15/08/2010 in MLB

A-Rod’s three homers pace Yanks over Royals

NEW YORK- AUGUST 04: Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hit career homers No. 602, 603  and 604,  leading the New York  Yankees to an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City  Royals in  the  third  installment of  a  four-game  series at  Kauffman Stadium.

Rodriguez  finished  with four  hits and  drove in five  runs for the Yankees, who have taken two of the three games in this series so far. It was the fourth three-homer game of his career and first since April 26, 2005.

Overall,  it  was the slugger’s second  multi-homer game of the season and the 56th of his career.

“Tonight was a treat,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, it was a fun night and it’s a  night  I’ll never  forget. You  just don’t  do things  like that very often in a career. But for me it’s nice to carry the team for one night.”

Curtis  Granderson and  Jorge Posada  also homered  for New  York, while  Phil Hughes  (14-5) pitched  six innings and allowed  three runs on nine hits and a walk without striking out a batter.

Wilson  Betemit went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI for the Royals, who have lost  six  of seven. Sean  O’Sullivan (1-4) was  dealt the loss after yielding four runs, eight hits and two walks in 5 1/3 frames.

“He was dead on today.  That was for sure,” said Royals manager Ned Yost.

After  the  Yankees tied the game  in the fifth,  they used some big swings to build their first lead.

Rodriguez  began the  sixth inning with a  home run to give New York its first lead.  Two batters later, Posada homered for a two-run cushion, and Granderson followed him with another blast to make it 4-1.

Betemit drew the Royals one closer in the home half with his fifth home run of the  season.  Kansas City kept pressing  in the inning, loading the bases with nobody  out after three straight singles followed the homer. Mitch Maier flied out, but Chris Getz’s groundout plated a runner for a one-run game.

Rodriguez,  though,  quickly restored the  Yankees’ three-run advantage in the seventh,  following a  Mark Teixeira  single  with a  blast over  the wall  in center, putting New York ahead, 6-3, on the home run.

Joba  Chamberlain induced  three consecutive groundouts in the home seventh to keep  the Royals  down by three, then Boone Logan and David Robertson combined to throw a scoreless eighth.

Rodriguez  came up one more time in the ninth and crushed another two-run shot into the fountains in center to account for the final margin.

The  Royals got  on the board in  the opening inning. Hughes retired the first two  hitters he faced, but Billy Butler kept the inning alive with a double to left. Betemit followed with an RBI single to center.

O’Sullivan  got out of trouble early, striking out Brett Gardner in the second with runners on second and third to end the frame. New York put two runners on in  the third with one out, but O’Sullivan retired both Teixeira and Rodriguez to keep the Yankees off the scoreboard.

The  visitors finally scored a run in the fifth. Brett Gardner doubled leading off  and  headed to third  on Ramiro Pena’s  bunt single. Derek Jeter grounded into a double play, but Gardner scored on the play for a 1-1 game.

– Stephen (DS LLC.)

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