Guthrie, Royals beat Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) -- Jeremy Guthrie was on a roll -- against the Yankees, no less. Neither hail nor sun shower was going to stop him. No way.
Guthrie neatly handled a nemesis and a 59-minute delay to pitch into the seventh inning, Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals held on to beat New York 5-1 Monday night.
"Tremendous competitor," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said of Guthrie. "He showed it today -- to endure an hour rain delay and go out and throw at the level that he threw."
All-Star Alex Gordon, David Lough and Johnny Giavotella each had RBI doubles, and Alcides Escobar added a run-scoring triple to help the Royals end a five-game skid against New York.
"It's been tough every year I've been here to come in and get a win," Butler said. "It means a lot."
Guthrie (8-6) gave up three hits over six innings, albeit to a Yankees lineup that had only four players that were with the team on opening day.
Leading 5-1, closer Greg Holland was needed in the ninth when Lyle Overbay walked and Luis Cruz singled to start the inning against Luke Hochevar. Holland gave up a hit to Chris Stewart to load the bases.
But Holland struck out Eduardo Nunez, Brett Gardner and Zoilo Almonte to end it for his 21st save.
"Holly's been lights out for us," Yost said.
Guthrie twice struck out the newest member in pinstripes, Travis Ishikawa, before Overbay homered pinch hitting for the first baseman who was claimed off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday. Overbay's 10th of the year was New York's first long ball in six games.
"Not an easy lineup to pitch, too," he said. "Obviously they have their injuries now and are missing a lot of keys so you go out there and try to attack them as best as you can."
Entering 4-9 with a 5.15 ERA against the Yankees in 17 appearances -- 15 starts -- Guthrie left with runners on first and third and two outs in the seventh. Tim Collins relieved and struck out pinch-hitter Nunez to protect a 3-1 lead.
Aaron Crow relieved Collins in the eighth with two on, two out and got Vernon Wells to ground out to second.
The Yankees have lost two in a row after a season-best six straight wins.
With the sun reflecting off the windows of a building beyond center field, rain and hail sent fans scurrying for cover in the bottom of the third inning. The quick moving cloud was gone before Phil Hughes (4-8) threw his first pitch of the fourth. Hughes retired three straight with the faintest of rainbows arcing over the scoreboard, then the rain returned.
After Guthrie got an out with his 37th pitch, crew chief Dana DeMuth called for the tarp. As "Singin' in the Rain" blared over the PA system, the grounds crew struggled to cover the increasingly muddy infield, getting stuck halfway then pulling the huge sheet off and starting again. The biggest cheer of the night -- until Overbay's homer in the seventh -- came when the crew finished the job.
Guthrie's previous outing was delayed by rain at the start for 2 hours, 30 minutes, then for 12 more minutes in the seventh by a power outage. He was better prepared for the break this time.
"After last game I was trying treat it a little bit different, be a little more focused," he said.