Merrifield singles in run in 10th, lifting Royals over Yanks

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Whit Merrifield got a lucky hop on an RBI single in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Yankees 8-7 Sunday despite blowing a six-run lead.

Merrifield hit a sharp, two-out grounder toward third baseman Gio Urshela with speedster Billy Hamilton at second. The ball skipped over the head of Urshela — considered a strong defender at the hot corner — giving Hamilton time to race home. Hamilton had walked against Josh Holder (3-2) and stolen second to set up the play.

Hunter Dozier and Jorge Soler homered on back-to-back pitches in the fifth inning and Martin Maldonado and Ryan O’Hearn also went long as Kansas City hit four home runs in a game for the first time this season. All four had multihit games, with Dozier matching a career high with four hits.

New York’s Aaron Hicks tied it in the ninth with a two-run single off Ian Kennedy as the Yankees scored three runs, all with two outs, to make it 7-7.

Kevin McCarthy (2-1) threw a scoreless 10th to earn the win.

Kansas City once again hit around Domingo Germán, who leads the majors with nine wins. Germán gave up a career-high seven runs on nine hits in five innings.

In 11 innings pitched against Kansas City this season, Germán has given up 10 runs and six homers, taking losses in both games. The 26-year-old has allowed 16 runs and three homers in 49 1/3 innings in his 10 other appearances, nine starts.

Danny Duffy pitched six innings, allowing four runs, one earned, and five hits. A throwing error by shortstop Adalberto Mondesi extended the Yankees’ sixth inning, and Gleyber Torres hit a three-run shot to center two batters later.

After the Yankees took a 1-0 lead in the second, Maldonado belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. O’Hearn added a solo shot in the fourth.

Nestor Cortes Jr. threw four shutout innings in relief of Germán.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: LHP James Paxton (left knee inflammation) took pitcher’s fielding practice and threw long toss Sunday and is likely to return to the rotation this week. … SS Didi Gregorius was the designated hitter for Class A Tampa, getting two hits, including a homer. … Dellin Betances (right shoulder impingement) will resume throwing bullpens either Monday or Tuesday. … OF Aaron Judge (left oblique) told the YES Network he hopes to begin swinging a bat this week. … RHP Jake Barrett was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to May 23, with right elbow inflammation.

UP NEXT

Royals: Kansas City heads to Chicago for a three-game set with the White Sox. RHP Homer Bailey (4-5) starts Monday for the Royals against RHP Ivan Nova (3-4).

Yankees: New York returns home as the Padres travel to the Bronx. The Yankees haven’t announced a starter for the opener while LHP Matt Strahm (2-3) gets the ball for San Diego.

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