KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Derek Jeter drove in two runs in his final scheduled trip to Kauffman Stadium, backing a sharp outing from Michael Pineda and helping the Yankees beat the Royals 6-1 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.
Jacoby Ellsbury drove in a run in the seventh inning with his 1,000th career hit then added a two-run homer in the ninth. Stephen Drew and Martin Prado also homered for New York.
Pineda gave up a solo shot to Mike Moustakas leading off the third inning, but that was about it over 61/3 strong innings in his third game back from the disabled list. He outpitched former Ray James Shields, who allowed six runs over 62/3 innings for Kansas City.
The game was a makeup of a rainout in June. If you count it as a true series, it would be the Royals' first series loss in their past 11.
Jeter, who is retiring after the season, answered a standing ovation as he stepped to the plate in the third inning with a groundout to shortstop that gave New York a 1-0 lead.
Moustakas tied the score with his homer in the bottom half.
Drew gave the Yankees the lead back in the fourth with his home run, and they piled on four more runs off Shields in the seventh to put things out of reach.
The last of the runs was scored by Ellsbury, who came home on a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann. Ellsbury initially was ruled out at the plate, but the call was overturned after a 2-minute video review showed his left leg sliding just under catcher Salvador Perez's tag.