NEW YORK, N.Y. - Felipe Paulino blanked New York for the second time in a month, and Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur hit two-run homers to lead the Kansas City Royals over the reeling Yankees 6-0 on Monday night.
New York's bats fizzled once again, going 0 for 13 with runners in scoring position with five strikeouts and a foulout. Booed repeatedly by their increasingly impatient fans, the Yankees lost for the sixth time in seven games and at 21-21 have their worst record at this point in the season since they started 20-25 in 2008 — the only time since 1994 that New York failed to make the playoffs.
On a rainy, misty evening, Paulino (2-1) became the first starter to pitch shutout ball against the Yankees in consecutive outings since Boston's Josh Beckett on April 10 and May 14 last year, according to STATS LLC.
Hiroki Kuroda (3-6) took the loss.
BLUE JAYS 6, RAYS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Kyle Drabek overcame command issues to win for the first time on the road this season, Yunel Escobar hit a tiebreaking homer and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays.
Drabek (4-4), who entered 0-3 with a 5.23 ERA away from home, allowed two runs and three hits in six innings. The right-hander walked six, struck out three and had three wild pitches.
Escobar put Toronto in front 3-2 on a solo homer off Jeremy Hellickson (4-1) in the sixth. Hellickson gave up five runs — two earned — and eight hits over 7 1-3 innings.
RED SOX 8, ORIOLES 6
BALTIMORE (AP) — David Ortiz homered in the sixth inning to start Boston's comeback from a three-run deficit, and the Red Sox got three hits from Will Middlebrooks in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Dustin Pedroia had two RBIs and Mike Aviles scored the go-ahead run in the seventh to help Boston secure its ninth win in 11 games. The Red Sox are tied with the New York Yankees in the AL East cellar but are at .500 (21-21) for the first time since April 30.
Chris Davis homered for the first-place Orioles, who swept a three-game series in Fenway Park earlier this month.
The Red Sox went up 7-5 with two runs in the seventh against Kevin Gregg (2-2).
Andrew Miller (1-0) retired all five batters he faced to earn the win on his 27th birthday. Alfredo Aceves worked the ninth for his 10th save.
ATHLETICS 2, ANGELS 1
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Tommy Milone scattered five hits over seven innings and Kila Ka'aihue drove in the go-ahead run, leading the pesky Oakland Athletics past the Los Angeles Angels.
Milone (6-3) struck out three, walked one and never allowed the anemic Angels offence to get going. The lefty's only blemish was an RBI double by Mike Trout in the fifth that landed between two Oakland players.
Jerome Williams (4-2) had his four-game winning streak stopped. He hadn't lost since his first start of the season, April 15 at the New York Yankees.
Los Angeles has lost three straight and four of five, and learned in the afternoon that Vernon Wells tore a ligament in his right thumb stealing second base in Sunday's 3-2 loss at San Diego and will be out for at least eight to 10 weeks.
MARINERS 6, RANGERS 1
SEATTLE (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki and the Seattle Mariners chased Texas' Yu Darvish after just four innings in his shortest start of the season, and the Mariners rolled to their fourth straight win.
Felix Hernandez (4-3) rebounded from consecutive poor starts to hold the top offence in baseball to one run in eight innings.
Seattle became the first team that Darvish had to face for a second time, and for a second time he struggled to solve the Mariners. Darvish (6-2) laboured through 96 pitches and a season-high six walks and was denied the chance to become the first seven-game winner in the majors.