Lyle Overbay hit a grand slam and Robinson Cano had a three-run homer in the New York Yankees’ 8-1 victory against the Kansas City Royals, while Zack Wheeler led the Mets to a 7-2 win at the San Francisco Giants.
The Yankees, plagued by injuries all season, lost center fielder Brett Gardner with a bruised right leg after designated hitter Travis Hafner exited with a bruised left foot last night.
Gardner opened the scoring in the first inning on a wild pitch by loser Wade Davis. Cano homered in the third and Overbay hit his home run in the sixth to give the Yankees an 8-0 advantage. Eric Hosmer hit a run-scoring double in the eighth for the Royals’ only score.
Ivan Nova (4-2) allowed one run on five hits in eight innings while striking out six as the Yankees broke a three-game losing streak. Davis (4-8) surrendered eight runs on six hits in five innings.
The Yankees (49-42) are in fourth place in the five-team American League East.
At AT&T Park in San Francisco, Wheeler (3-1) allowed one run in seven innings as the Mets completed a three-game series sweep of the Giants.
Wheeler, making his first career start against San Francisco, was traded by the Giants to the Mets two seasons ago for Carlos Beltran. He was a first-round draft pick of the Giants, sixth overall, in 2009.
Wheeler, 23, also had a run-scoring double and scored a run for the Mets (40-48), who have won four straight games. The Giants (40-50) have lost four in a row.
Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain (5-6) lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing three runs on two hits and three walks.
The Mets are fourth in the National League East, 10 1/2 games behind the Atlanta Braves.