Live Updates: Kansas City Royals vs. New York Yankees (Game Four)

Royals look to avoid a four-game sweep at home as Alec Marsh takes the mound.
Jun 12, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Nick Loftin (12) gets the force out at second base on New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (39) and throws to first for a double play in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
Jun 12, 2024; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Nick Loftin (12) gets the force out at second base on New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino (39) and throws to first for a double play in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. / © Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Following another 11-5 defeat to the Yankees on Wednesday, the Royals are determined to avoid a four-game sweep and their fifth consecutive loss. Nestor Cortes, who holds a 3-5 record and a 3.68 ERA, will be pitching for the Yankees. Alec Marsh, with a 5-3 record and a 4.05 ERA, will take the mound for the Royals. The game’s first pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on MLB.TV, Fubo TV, and Bally Sports Kansas City. The Royals are currently 5.5 games behind the Guardians in the AL Central.

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How It Happened...

FINAL SCORE — Royals 4, Yankees 3.

Ninth Inning:

  • In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Royals secured a walk-off win against the Yankees. Drew Waters started with a single to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. MJ Melendez then hit into a force out, eliminating Waters at second base but keeping the inning alive. Pinch-hitter Kyle Isbel followed with a single to center field, advancing Melendez to third base. With runners on the corners, Maikel Garcia delivered a game-winning single to left field, scoring both Melendez and Isbel and sealing the victory for the Royals. FINAL: Royals 4, Yankees 3.

Eighth Inning:

  • In the top of the eighth, Anthony Rizzo's solo home run and a fielding error by the Royals allowed the Yankees to take a 3-2 lead. Unfortunate for Alec Marsh, who had a terrific start, as John Schreiber struggles mightily. In the bottom half, the Royals couldn't capitalize on walks to Bobby Witt Jr. and Vinnie Pasquantino, as Maikel Garcia grounded out to end the inning with runners stranded. Yankees 3, Royals 2.

Seventh Inning:

  • Juan Soto's single in the seventh inning broke Alec Marsh's no-hit bid, marking a turning point in the game. Marsh had been dominant through the first six innings, keeping the Yankees off balance. Alex Verdugo and Aaron Judge both struck out swinging, and Gleyber Torres flew out to center field. In the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Isbel popped out to catcher Austin Wells in foul territory to end the inning. Before that, Garrett Hampson walked, Freddy Fermin singled on a bunt, and Dairon Blanco lined out. Nelson Velázquez grounded out, leaving Fermin on base.

Sixth Inning:

  • In the top of the sixth, Alec Marsh completed six no-hit innings, with Austin Wells flying out, Trent Grisham grounding out, and Anthony Volpe striking out swinging. In the bottom half, Vinnie Pasquantino started with a flyout, Bobby Witt Jr. singled but was picked off and caught stealing second, and Salvador Perez grounded out. Royals manager Matt Quatraro was ejected during this inning.

Fifth Inning:

  • In the top of the fifth inning, the Yankees couldn't score. Gleyber Torres lined out to Maikel Garcia, Anthony Rizzo flied out to Kyle Isbel, and DJ LeMahieu grounded out to Garrett Hampson. Alec Marsh has now completed five no-hit innings. In the bottom, Dairon Blanco popped out to Anthony Rizzo, Garrett Hampson doubled, Kyle Isbel flied out, and Maikel Garcia flied out, leaving Hampson on third.

Fourth Inning:

  • In the top of the fourth inning, Juan Soto started with a groundout to shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who made a strong throw to first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino for the first out. Aaron Judge then struck out swinging for the second out. Alex Verdugo followed with a groundout to second baseman Garrett Hampson, who threw to Pasquantino at first base, ending the inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Royals made a strong push. Maikel Garcia drew a walk to start the inning, putting him on first base. Bobby Witt Jr. followed with a single to center field, advancing Garcia to second. Vinnie Pasquantino then delivered a clutch double to center field, scoring both Garcia and Witt Jr. This put the Royals ahead 2-0. Earlier in the inning, Salvador Perez grounded out to third baseman DJ LeMahieu for the first out. However, the rally was halted when Nelson Velázquez popped out to catcher Austin Wells in foul territory for the second out. Freddy Fermin then ended the inning with a flyout to right fielder Juan Soto, leaving Pasquantino stranded on second base. It's the first lead for the Royals all series. Royals 2, Yankees 0.

Third Inning:

  • Moving to the top of the third, Anthony Volpe grounded out to shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., who made the throw to first baseman Vinnie Pasquantino. Then, Trent Grisham grounded into a double play, with Witt Jr. again making the play to Pasquantino. Austin Wells, who had reached first base on a walk, was out at second, and Grisham was out at first, ending the Yankees chance. In the bottom of the third inning, Kyle Isbel struck out looking, ending the inning. Before that, Garrett Hampson grounded into a double play, with shortstop Anthony Volpe fielding and throwing to first baseman Anthony Rizzo. Dairon Blanco, who had reached first base earlier, was out at second, and Hampson was out at first. Blanco had singled on a soft bunt ground ball to Rizzo, a play that was challenged by the Yankees but upheld after review, confirming Blanco's hit.

Second Inning:

  • In the top of the second, Alex Verdugo led off with a flyout to left fielder Dairon Blanco. Gleyber Torres struck out swinging for the second out. Anthony Rizzo walked and advanced to second base on a wild pitch by pitcher Alec Marsh. DJ LeMahieu then flew out to Blanco in left field, ending the inning with Rizzo on second base. In the bottom of the second inning, Salvador Perez started with a swinging strikeout, followed by Nelson Velázquez grounding out to shortstop Anthony Volpe, who threw to first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the out. Freddy Fermin then flew out to center fielder Trent Grisham, ending the inning.

First inning:

  • In the top of the first inning, Anthony Volpe was the first out, flying out to left fielder Dairon Blanco. This was followed by strikeouts from Juan Soto and Aaron Judge, ending the Yankees turn at bat. Moving to the bottom of the first, Maikel Garcia popped out to first baseman Anthony Rizzo in foul territory for the first out. Bobby Witt Jr. then grounded out to shortstop Anthony Volpe, who made a strong throw to Rizzo at first base. Vinnie Pasquantino followed suit, grounding out to Rizzo as well, ending the inning.

Pregame:

  • First pitch is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. CT.

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