By DAVE SKRETTA   AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Freddy Garcia pitched effectively into the
seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter provided the offense
and the New York Yankees’ bullpen made it stand up in a 3-1 victory
over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night.

Brett Gardner tripled and scored twice as the Yankees won for
the eighth time in 10 games at home against the Royals. Kansas City
has a major league-best 15 wins at Kauffman Stadium but dropped to
just 3-9 on the road this season.

Garcia (2-2) gave up six hits and a pair of walks in six-plus
innings to win for only the second time in nine decisions against
the Royals. He outpitched Kyle Davies (1-5), who allowed three runs
in five-plus innings for Kansas City.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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