The lowly Royals completed a stunning sweep of the New York Yankees with a 5-2 victory last night in Kansas City, Mo., behind consecutive home runs from Matt Stairs and Terrence Long.
Kansas City, which has the worst record and second-lowest payroll in the major leagues, finished its first three-game sweep of the Yankees at home in 15 years. With Buddy Bell improving to 3-0 as their manager, the Royals earned their first sweep of anybody in 78 series. It was the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-97.
The Yankees have lost five straight for the first time since May 2003.
The Royals' Ryan Jensen (2-1), called up from Triple A Omaha last month, went five innings, giving up two runs and four hits with one walk and four strikeouts. Rookie reliever Ambiorix Burgos got three outs for his second save, retiring pinch hitter Ruben Sierra on a ground out with the bases loaded to end it.
Stairs hit Carl Pavano's pitch into the left-field bullpen leading off the sixth. A moment later, Long hit one into the bullpen in right, making it 5-2 and bringing a roar from 25,590 fans who have had little to cheer about since a 104-loss season in 2004. But many were waving brooms as the Yankees went down in the ninth.
Pavano (4-4) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs and nine hits.
Twins 4, Indians 3 -- Johan Santana tied a career high with 14 strikeouts, and Jacque Jones's RBI single in the 13th lifted host Minnesota.
Cleveland got only four hits against Santana, but scored three runs thanks to homers by Victor Martinez and Coco Crisp, and a triple by Ben Broussard.
A's 5, Blue Jays 3 -- Kirk Saarloos (2-4) snapped a 10-start winless stretch and Eric Chavez hit his fifth career grand slam to carry host Oakland to its fourth consecutive victory.
Tigers 6, Rangers 5 -- Craig Monroe singled home Ivan Rodriguez with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th, and Rondell White homered and drove in three runs for Detroit.