Yankees Avoid Royals Sweep
Three go deep for New York in 6-1 win
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2008 12:43 AM CDT
Kansas City Royals pitcher Hideo Nomo (91) pitches to New York Yankees' Alberto Gonzalez during the seventh inning of their game tonight in Kansas City, Mo.   (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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(Newser) – Andy Pettitte picked up his first victory and Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera each homered and drove in two runs, helping the New York Yankees defeat the Kansas City Royals 6-1 Thursday night and avoid a series sweep. Jorge Posada also homered for the Yankees. Pettitte held the Royals to one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

Rodriguez increased his career RBI total to 1,510, moving him one ahead of Mickey Mantle and into 45th place on the all-time list. Jose Guillen's two-out double in the first scored Mark Teahen for the Royals' only run. The Yankees, who were 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the series, went 2-for-8 on Thursday night.