In Kansas City, Hal McRae had three singles and a walk and scored two runs; teammate Frank White hit a bases-empty homer for the Royals.
White's first homer of the season highlighted a two-run third inning that snapped a 2-2 tie and made a winner out of starter Paul Splittorff, who was making his first appearance since April 13. Splittorff scattered eight hits over six inning to even his record at 1-1 with relief help from Mike Armstrong and Dan Quisenberry, who picked up his sixth save.
White's homer came with one out in the third. After Amos Otis followed with a walk, Dale Murray replaced New York starter Doyle Alexander (0-2). McRae singled Otis to second and Willie Aikens bounced into what appeared to be an inning-ending double play, but first baseman Don Baylor dropped Roy Smalley's relay for an error, allowing Otis to score from second base.
The Royals added a run in the fifth on a single by McRae and a double by Aikens to give the Royals their second straight win over the Yankees.
Kansas City took a 2-0 lead in the second. Otis singled, McRae walked and Aikens grounded into a fielder's choice, with third baseman Graig Nettles tagging the bag to retire Otis. John Wathan then singled home McRae and, after a walk to Joe Simpson, Greg Pryor bounced into a run-scoring fielder's choice.
"I don't feel right; I'm not in a good groove yet," said McRae, who hit .308 and led the major leagues with 133 RBI last year. It's a matter of rhythm and timing. I'm not complaining . . . I'm always happy with a base hit. But if you're not in the groove, good things are not going to keep happening. I've got to get back in the groove."
"I think everybody is pressing," catcher Rick Cerone of the Yankees said.