KANSAS CITY, MO - The Yankees bat came to life on Thursday night as the Yankees avoided a sweep by the Royals to take the last game of the series.
Alex Rodriguez and Jorge Posada hit back to back jacks in the ninth to seal the deal for the Yankees who were already up by three entering the last inning.
The Yankees ended up with six runs on 12 hits to defeat the Royals 6-1.
Andy Pettitte looked shaky in the first inning after giving up a few hits and a run on 25 plus pitches but settled down after that, going 6.2 innings and allowing just five hits on one earned run.
He notched his first win of the 2008 season and is now 1-1. This was a much needed win for Pettitte's confidence and for the team for that matter.
“Andy knows how to win big games,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know if I would call this a big game, but you don’t want to be swept at the start of an eight-game road trip.
Bale (0-2) left after six innings, allowing four runs and eight hits with a walk while striking out three.
Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera continued to show they are the best one-two punch in the league by completely shutting the Royals down in the final two innings of the ball game.
Next stop for the Bronx Bombers is Fenway Park for a three-game set with the historic rival Boston Red Sox.
Chien-Ming Wang (2-0) will get the ball for the Yankees, and rookie Clay Buchholz (0-1) will pitch for the Sox.