Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - James Shields headed up an impressive Kansas City pitching performance with six effective innings as the Royals came through with a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees.
Shields (7-3) racked up eight strikeouts while allowing one unearned run on six hits before relievers Aaron Crow, Wade Davis and Greg Holland closed out the Royals' fifth victory in seven games.
Lorenzo Cain aided the cause with an RBI double and scored the eventual winning run on Mike Moustakas' second-inning single off Hiroki Kuroda (4-4), dealt a tough-luck loss despite yielding just two runs and five hits through seven frames.
Kuroda received little help from a New York offense that went 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners while falling to 2-6 in June.
"We had a lot of opportunities," said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. "I feel bad for Hiroki. He did exactly what you wanted."
Ichiro Suzuki finished 2-for-4 and knocked in the Yankees' lone run.
It was a game where the Royals made the most of their limited scoring chances against Kuroda, who retired the last 11 batters he faced and didn't give up a hit after the third inning. New York, on the other hand, failed to capitalize on several opportunities throughout the course of the contest.
Shields escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the second inning by coming up with a pair of strikeouts around a force out at the plate, then entered the third with a lead after the Royals scored twice with two out in their half of the frame.
"He made huge pitches when he needed to," Royals manager Ned Yost said of Shields.
Salvador Perez kept the bottom of the second alive with a single and Cain followed with a run-scoring double that landed just out of the reach of a diving Jacoby Ellsbury in center field. Moustakas then hit a blooper to left center that dropped it as Cain raced home from second.
The Yankees later squandered a leadoff double from Ellsbury in the third and a one-out triple by Brett Gardner in the seventh, with Crow getting Jeter to ground out harmlessly before striking out Ellsbury looking.
Holland worked out of some trouble as well prior to nailing down his 18th save of the season, as Suzuki singled to open the ninth and took second on a wild pitch to put the tying run in scoring range with none out.
Brian Roberts' short flyout to left couldn't advance Suzuki, however, and pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira grounded out before Holland fanned Gardner to end the game.