Brett Gardner and Brian McCann both hit three-run homers as the Yankees – set up by an eight-run first inning – returned to winning ways at the expense of the American League-leading Royals.
The Yankees have only won two of their past 12 games, having been swept by the Texas Rangers in a three-game series, but bounced back on Monday to claim their 23rd win of the season.
Oakland’s Jesse Hahn pitched a four-hitter, struck out five and walked one as the Athletics claimed their third straight win as they blanked the Detroit Tigers 4-0.
Drew Hutchison also had a complete game shutout for the Toronto Blue Jays – as he threw a four-hitter, allowed four singles, struck out eight and walked none for his second career shutout – as they claimed a 6-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
The Los Angeles Angels had a 4-3 walk-off win against the San Diego Padres, the Colorado Rockies edged the Cincinnati Reds with a narrow 5-4 win, the Washington Nationals prevailed 2-1 against the Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals accounted for the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 thanks to Jhonny Peralta’s 10th-inning leadoff homer.
There were also wins for the Texas Rangers, who saw off the Cleveland Indians 10-8, the Minnesota Twins who comfortably beat the Boston Red Sox 7-2, the Seattle Mariners moved past the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 and Baltimore Orioles edged a 4-3 win over the Houston Astros.
Elsewhere, the San Francisco Giants defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4, the Atlanta Braves lost 6-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers, the New York Mets were winners against the Philadelphia Phillies by the same scoreline, while the Pittsburgh Pirates notched a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.