Rookie Ian Kennedy didn't earn the win on Friday night, but he kept the Royals quiet for five innings before Kyle Farnsworth, Joba Chamberlain and Mariano Rivera took over with four innings of scoreless relief. Alex Rodriguez's 49th homer of the season was his fifth off Gil Meche.
Friday's outing was the fifth quality start in Gil Meche's last nine trips to the mound, but all nine starts ended without a win. The Royals managed only two runs on Friday, securing their 44th loss to the Yankees in the clubs' last 56 meetings. Alex Gordon had two hits, including a single off former college teammate Joba Chamberlain.
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