KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals ace James Shield survived six shaky innings mostly of his own doing Sunday, and the offense supplied just enough offense against Hiroki Kuroda to squeak out a 2-1 victory.
"Shields had to grind it out again and again," said manager Ned Yost, who spent the entire game on edge, "and he made it through some choppy waters."
The Royals have won the last seven games that Shields has started, and he's earned the win in four of those. The former Rays right-hander may have lasted only six innings in this effort, but he gave up only six hits to the punchless Yankees and allowed one unearned run.
"They're always tough," said Shields, who faced the Yankees for the 30th time, more than any other club. "It's always a grind."
Aaron Crow escaped a jam in the seventh inning, former Ray Wade Davis recorded the 500th strikeout of his career during a perfect eighth before Greg Holland survived a shaky ninth for his 18th save.
The Yankees failed to score more than four runs for the 10th consecutive game. In all, 10 of the first 12 outs Shields recorded were with runners in scoring position. The Yankees were 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
"Somehow we've got to find a way to get it done," manager Joe Girardi said.