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Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) watches as third baseman Mike Moustakas (8) catches New York Yankees' Lyle Overbay's ninth-inning pop-up for the final out in the Royals' 3-1 victory in a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Kansas City Royals congratulate David Lough after his sixth-inning solo home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia in a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia reacts leaving the mound after allowing a sixth-inning, solo home run to Kansas City Royals David Lough in the Yankees 3-1 loss to the Royals in a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia delivers against the Kansas City Royals in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) New York Yankees shortstop Eduardo Nunez (26) bats in the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers in the first inning against the New York Yankees in a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Kansas City Royals starting pitcher James Shields delivers follows through on a throw in the second inning against the New York Yankees in a baseball game Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Shields, Royals top Yankees 3-1


Royals win pitching duel in the Bronx

NEW YORK — James Shields wiggled out of early trouble and got home run help from Billy Butler and David Lough as the Kansas City Royals sent the New York Yankees to their third straight loss, 3-1 Tuesday night.

Center fielder Lorenzo Cain contributed four nifty catches, defensive replacement Elliot Johnson ranged a long way for a grounder and Kansas City backed Shields (4-6) with a pair of double plays.

Fittingly, the game ended on a fine, twisting grab by another defensive sub, third baseman Mike Moustakas.

CC Sabathia (9-7) gave up seven hits in his second complete game.

Once again, the Yankees had trouble scoring. They’ve managed exactly one run in each of their last three games — not since 2005 had they scored one run or fewer in three straight, STATS said.

The hitting slump left the Yankees with a three-game home losing streak for the first time since they dropped four in a row in late July 2012.

Lough led off the sixth inning with a tying home run and Butler opened the seventh with a go-ahead shot. Butler hit 29 homers last year and was an All-Star, but has slumped this season — he came into this series with six homers before connecting in the first two games.

Beset by a lack of run support, Shields had won just once in his previous 12 starts, and came in with a losing record despite a 3.23 ERA and ranking among the AL leaders in several pitching categories.



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