The Yankees still have their sights set on October, but they have a chance to get there. Like beating the royals. And getting to .500.
They knocked off a Bad Royals team at Friday's Stadium, 6-2, and the 9-10 Bombers have a chance to win another Kansas City victory on Saturday in The Bronx
Sabathia pitched another solid game following the injured list, limiting the royals to just unearned run in five innings.
And the offense and bullpen did not get to Sabathia's first win of the season and 247th of his career.
They beat Jakob Junis, who derailed Aaron Judge's season when he hit him with a pitch on July 26, causing a chip fracture in his right wrist that led to a 45-game absence.
The left-hander Martin Maldonado to start the inning before Terrance Gore colored in Sabathia's direction. Sabathia hit Gore, but fired to first and threw the ball away.
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Sabathia got the speedy Billy Hamilton to hit an easy ground to first, but Luke Voit ̵
Adolfo Mondesi followed by a single mistake through the right side of the infield to give the royals a 1-0 lead. Sabathia walked Hunter Do not miss the bases before Alex Gordon hits a tap in front of the plate to end the inning- but not before Sabathia threw 26 pitches, 58 through three.
The Yankees went ahead in the bottom of the inning with a one-out single by Tyler Wade followed by a two-run homer by Brett Gardner, whose grand slam in the seventh on Wednesday had propelled them to a win over Boston.
This one did the same versus Kansas City, in less dramatic fashion.
Sabathia recovered from the rocky third and hero the scoreless in the fourth and fifth seasons.
Mike Tauchman hit his second homer of the season to make it 3 -1 in the fifth.
Sabathia left after five innings and 86 pitches, replaced by Luis Cessa, who did not back-to-do doubles by Dozier and Gordon, cutting the lead to 3-2.
The right Jorge Soler to ground to second – moving Gordon to t hird – and then striking out Chris Owings and Maldonado to Preserve the Lead.
Judge ripped a leadoff double to right that Gore just missed.
DJ LeMahieu sent a liner to the right-center, on which Hamilton, playing center, made a superb diving catch. Judge scored on the sacrifice fly, but Hamilton saved at least a run on the play. June's final pitch of the night.