- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - David Phelps made sure to keep the Federal Communications Commission happy.

One can only guess what the Yankees pitcher really thought of his performance Saturday night.

Phelps was pounded for seven runs while failing to make it through the sixth inning - his second straight lousy start - and the Kansas City Royals rolled to an 8-4 victory that evened their four-game series with New York.

“Frustrating is the PG-rated word for it,” said Phelps, who allowed 10 hits and walked two. “I was pitching decent going into later parts of games, but it’s tough to win ballgames when you give up four runs in the sixth and seventh inning. It’s frustrating.”


Phelps (1-4) gave up three runs in the second on a string of singles and doubles, and four more in the sixth on a three-run homer by Salvador Perez and an RBI single by Nori Aoki.

That was enough to doom him to his fourth consecutive loss.

“It’s usually a combination of mistakes and being behind in the count,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “After he gave up three, he settled in pretty nicely, but then struggled again.”

Aaron Crow (3-1) retired one batter in the sixth in relief of starter Danny Duffy, and breezed through the seventh to earn the victory. Kelvin Herrera and Michael Mariot finished it off.

Yangervis Solarte drove in a pair of runs for New York, and Carlos Beltran - who’s been bothered by an ailing elbow and is still relegated to designated hitter duty - got an RBI with his first hit since coming off the disabled list Thursday.

“It’s like starting over for me,” Beltran said. “One day, two days is not going to do it, any difference. Basically you have to play every day and with playing time that will come. I cannot tell you (when). I wish I could know.”

The Royals struck first when Billy Butler and Alex Gordon led off the second with back-to-back doubles, and Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar provided run-scoring singles for a 3-0 lead.

It took the Yankees until the sixth to answer.

Derek Jeter started the rally with a single and Mark Teixeira kept it going with a two-out walk. Beltran followed with an RBI double against his former team, and Solarte tied the game 3-all when his sinking liner to center field dropped just beyond Cain’s outstretched glove.

Duffy, who appeared bothered by lengthy waits for television breaks between innings, was eventually removed after allowing three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2-3 innings.

The Royals made sure to pick him up.

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