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Yankees Beat Royals for Sole Possession of First in AL East

NY Yankees Pitcher Andy Pettitte
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte gave up two runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings for the win. Photographer: Ed Zurga/Getty Images

The New York Yankees defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-2 to take sole possession of first place in the American League East ahead of the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

Vernon Wells hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning last night to give the Yankees the Major League Baseball win, while the Orioles lost 8-5 to Minnesota Twins and the Red Sox fell 3-2 to Toronto Blue Jays.

Chris Nelson scored on a throwing error to first by third baseman Mike Moustakas to give the Yankees (22-13) a 1-0 lead in the third inning at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

Elliott Johnson tied the game in the third when Lorenzo Cain grounded out. Billy Butler gave the Royals a 2-1 lead in the fourth.

Wells hit his home run off James Shields (2-3) who allowed three runs on six hits and struck out five in eight innings for the Royals (18-15).

Andy Pettitte (4-2) gave up two runs on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings for the win. Mariano Rivera recorded his 14th save.

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