KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Joe Torre was left speechless by the New
York Yankees' latest embarrassing loss.
Two weeks ago, when Cleveland shocked the top team in the AL
with a 22-0 clobbering, the Yankees manager called his players to a
But after the Kansas City Royals scored 10 runs in the fifth
inning of a 17-8 rout Monday night, Torre decided just to let it
"I don't know what I would say to them," Torre said. "We
didn't pitch very well. We know we can score runs, but in order to
win you need to pitch. It was not a good day."
The Royals sent 15 men to the plate against four pitchers in the
biggest inning against the Yankees since Boston scored 11 in a 13-7
victory on May 31, 1998.
It was the second double-digit inning in a week for the Royals,
the AL's losingest team. They scored 11 in the third inning of a
26-5 victory Thursday over the Detroit Tigers.
On Monday, Kansas City scored on a walk, a balk, two wild
pitches, a home run and three singles and dropped New York's lead
to three games in the AL East over idle Boston.
While the Yankees go for a championship, the Royals are nearing
the end of a miserable season -- concentrating on not breaking the
franchise record of 100 losses.
"Every time a team is in first place they don't want to play a
last-place team because the last-place team wants to show they
belong in the big leagues," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "They
have nothing to lose."
Berroa wound up with five hits and scored five runs and Buck
also had a single and two doubles and a career-best five RBI for
the Royals, who had lost six in a row to the Yankees and beaten
them only twice in their last 10 meetings at home.
Brian Anderson (4-11) went six innings and gave up nine hits and
Even after taking a 12-3 lead, the Royals kept coming, scoring
five in the seventh.
"Even after that inning, you felt like it's a close game, being
the Yankees, that they have the potential to come back with that
lineup," Buck said.
The game began as though the Yankees would do the blowing out.
But several hard-hit balls in the first three innings produced only
"We hit balls as hard as we've hit them all year," shortstop
Alex Rodriguez said. A team like this, you hit them hard over the
head maybe they'll give up and we can put them away early."
Brad Halsey (1-3), making his second start since being recalled
from Triple-A Columbus on Sept. 5, started the fifth by giving up a
walk and a bunt single. Reliever Tanyon Sturtze then gave up an
infield single that loaded the bases.
After Matt Stairs was walked intentionally, Buck hit an 0-2
pitch for a three-run homer.
"He had Buck where he wanted him but he tried to locate a ball
away and he threw it down the middle," Torre said.
"Prinz came in and it looked like he was trying to throw the
ball 200 miles an hour," Torre said.
Buck was not trying to show up the Yankees for walking Stairs to
get to him.
"Who would you rather face, Matt Stairs or John Buck?" he
said. "It's a no-brainer."
Halsey went four-plus innings and was charged with four runs on
six hits. Sturtze got just two outs and was charged with seven runs
on five hits and two walks.
In a five-run seventh, Randa and Gotay had RBI singles, Dee
Brown had an RBI groundout and Buck hit a two-run double.
It was the most runs the Royals have scored against the
Yankees in 386 meetings. In their previous high, they beat New York
15-4 on April 5, 1984. ... Berroa reached base six times on five
hits and a walk. The five hits tied a career-high. ... Rodriguez
went 3-for-3 ... Jorge Posada grounded into his league-leading 23rd
double play in the first inning. ... RHP Paul Quantrill broke the
Yankees' single-season record for most games pitched by a
right-hander when he made his 79th appearance in the seventh