Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin homered, but blown opportunities cost the Yankees in a 5-4 loss tonight in Kansas City. They left the bases loaded in the first inning, the heart of the order — Teixeira, Cano and Swisher — struck out in order to leave runners at first and second in the seventh, and Jorge Posada struck out looking to leave the bases loaded in the ninth. All told, the Yankees were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They stayed in first place because the Red Sox also lost. Most of the Royals damage came in a four-run third inning when Bartolo Colon allowed two home runs: A three-run shot to Alex Gordon, and a disputed solo homer by Billy Butler. The Butler homer was reviewed and upheld despite multiple arguments by Joe Girardi.
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