Dick Drago’s solid pitching led the Royals to a 2-0 win over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, ending Kansas City’s six-game losing streak.
Drago hurled a complete game, scattering six hits and walking one, although he only struck out one batter.
The key to Drago’s success was getting the Yankees out in scoring situations. New York had two men on in the first, a ground-rule double in the second, a single and stolen base in the fourth, and two men on in the sixth, but all of those runners reached with two outs in the inning, and the Yankees could not score.
The Royals’ offense only managed five total hits against Yankee starter Stan Bahnsen and reliever Lindy McDaniel, but also picked up four walks in the game. After five scoreless innings, Kansas City jumped on top in the sixth. Jackie Hernandez led off with a walk. Drago laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez to second, but Pat Kelly flied out to left for the second out. Mike Fiore worked a walk. Joe Foy came through with a bloop single to left to score Hernandez. Ed Kirkpatrick hit a grounder to second that should have ended the inning, but Yankee first baseman Jimmie Hall failed to catch the throw and Fiore scored for a 2-0 lead. Lou Piniella walked to load the bases, but Jerry Adair lined out to left to end the inning.
Drago worked out of trouble in the bottom of the sixth, then retired nine of the final 10 hitters to secure the win.
The victory improved the Royals’ record to 52-77, which put them at fourth place in the AL West, 25.5 games behind Minnesota.
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