By the end of the night, Royals starter Jason Vargas' ERA could sink below 1.00, which would be the latest date that has been true of a Royals starter since Zack Greinke took a 0.84 ERA into his May 31, 2009 start against the White Sox.
Every Yankees starter had at least one hit, and five had multi-hit games.
Hammel allowed two harmless singles to the Yankees in the first two innings. The loss was Pineda's first since his season debut, and he still hasn't given up more than three earned runs in a single start since that disastrous outing on April 5. Brett Gardner led off the game with an opposite-field single and raced home on Castro's double. The left hander allowed as many earned runs in the fourth as he had in his first seven starts combined, and was lifted after allowing six runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings. However, they lost 7-1 in the series opener to the Yankees on Tuesday. He carried a flawless game into the seventh inning of the Yankees' home opener on April 10. He responded with three hits, including a two-run homer. Judge walked and Headley's fly to short center was the second out.
"I don't think what he did early on was a fluke", Girardi said. "It's one of those days where he got through the first three OK and then just really struggled to finish off his pitches", Royals manager Ned Yost said. I was definitely hoping it would hook foul. After Sabathia struck out Salvador Perez and Jorge Bonifacio, Jorge Soler coaxed a walk and Alex Gordon reached on an infield single to load the bases.
"I've got to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park", Hammel said. Vargas' 1.01 ERA is the lowest in the majors.
The Yankees tagged righthander Peter Moylan for four runs in the fifth to make it 10-2.
That preserved the solid effort by Sabathia, who had allowed 22 runs in his last four starts. Carter picked on a 1-1 Hammel offering and deposited it over the center-field wall.
Whit Merrifield hit his fourth Royals' homer in the fifth.
The Bombers batted aroudn and scored five runs in the fourth inning.
NOTES: Royals RHP Ian Kennedy, who is on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain, will likely be activated Saturday for a start at Minnesota.
A pair of left-handers will be the starting pitchers, rookie Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4.19 ERA) for the Yankees and Danny Duffy (2-3, 3.38 ERA) for the Royals. Gardner went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
LHP CC Sabathia has won all five of his starts as a Yankee against the Royals. CF Lorenzo Cain left after jamming his left wrist trying to make a sliding catch.