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Yankees’ Winning Streak Reaches Five Games With Sweep of Royals

The New York Yankees pushed their winning streak to five by completing a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 4-2 victory.

Robinson Cano and Vernon Wells hit back-to-back home runs for the Yankees, while starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings yesterday in Kansas City.

The Yankees improved to 23-13, tied for the second-best record in Major League Baseball entering today’s doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. They’re 22-9 since April 7, even with starters such as Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list.

“These guys have gotten it done -- different ways, different guys every night,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said at a news conference. “We’ve continued to lose players during the season. These guys have done a great job.”

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Mets 3-2 on a run-scoring single by Pedro Alvarez in the eighth inning. The winning run came against the New York bullpen after Mets pitcher Matt Harvey allowed two runs over seven innings.

Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox threw a one-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels. Sale had seven strikeouts, no walks and took a perfect game into the seventh inning before allowing a one-out single to Mike Trout.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugged five home runs in a 12-4 rout of the Boston Red Sox, with Jose Bautista hitting two.

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