Royals win 1st at home, beat Yanks 4-3

Associated Press Published: May 4, 2012
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Broxton was thinking about fellow closer Mariano Rivera, not the Royals' two defensive gems that helped him earn a save Thursday night.

The Yankees' star closer tore a knee ligament shagging fly balls during batting practice before Broxton closed out Kansas City's 4-3 victory over New York.

"That's horrible news," Broxton said. "As many saves as he's been out there and as good an athlete as he is, I just hate for that bad news. All I can do is wish him the best."

Third baseman Mike Moustakas matched a career high with three RBIs and made a stellar play in the night to end the Royals' first victory at home this season.

"The defense was outstanding again for me today," Broxton said. "That's part of our game and letting the defense work. Getzy has made two great plays in back-to-back days that really helped out. And Moose finished it off tonight."

Danny Duffy (2-2) pitched well into the sixth inning before turning the game over to the Royals bullpen, which held the Yankees in check until Broxton, who's been sidelined by several injuries in his career, came out for the ninth.

Broxton allowed a leadoff single to Derek Jeter, his fourth hit of the night, and walked Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira followed with a liner to Chris Getz at second base, who snagged it in the dirt and fired to Alcides Escobar to start a double play.

Jeter advanced to third for Alex Rodriguez, who hit a chopper to Moustakas at third base. He made a barehanded grab and threw out A-Rod by a step to preserve the victory.

"Once he swung, I thought this is going to be close," Broxton said. "I saw Moose come flying in with one hand and just barehanded it. I was like it's going to be bang-bang, I hope he comes up with it clean. He did it. It was a great play on his part."

Broxton wound up earning his fifth save and Kansas City snapped a 10-game home losing streak.

"It's a load off," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We don't have to talk about not winning games at home anymore. That's a good thing. Hearing the fans in the ninth inning was like music to my ears because I haven't heard that all year long and this was the 11th game. It was about time.

"It was tremendous defense. The double play was a great play in the ninth, Getz diving for the ball and flipping it to Escobar, who made a great play and (Eric) Hosmer making a great pick."

The play that cast a pall over the Yankees, though, happened before the game.

The 42-year-old Rivera's leg caught on the field where the grass meets dirt, causing his knee to buckle. He fell into the outfield wall and down to the ground, where Rivera grimaced in pain as teammates and training staff ran out to see him.

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