Royals hold off Yanks with 2 HRs in DH opener

Goodwin's 3-run shot in 8th helps secure win for rookie Keller

July 28th, 2018

NEW YORK -- This was not Royals rookie right-hander at his best. Keller struggled finding the strike zone (92 pitches, 51 strikes) and was peppered for nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. Still, Keller left the game with a two-run lead.

The Royals, who led 6-0 at one point, held on for a 10-5 win in Game 1 of a doubleheader Saturday at Yankee Stadium. , acquired from the Nationals last Sunday, ripped his first home run as a Royal, a three-run shot in the eighth.

Predictably, Goodwin was in a good mood afterward.

"Of course it felt good," said Goodwin, who is hitting .462 in four games with his new team. "Came in a big situation. The most important thing is the win."

Royals manager Ned Yost had watched his team nearly squander a 6-0 lead.

"That was huge," Yost said. "Opened it up for us and gave us some breathing room."

Keller, who was helped by three double plays, walked three, struck out one and gave up four runs. He admitted he struggled with command all game.

"Especially early in the count, I didn't get ahead of guys," Keller said. "I made some pitches later in the count when I needed to, but I would have liked to have been around the zone a little more."

The Royals' offense, meanwhile, had its way against Yankees starter .

hit a two-run double in third, giving the Royals a 2-0 lead. Herrera doubled again in the fifth, sending to third with one out. followed with a two-run single to center.

Moments later, chased Severino with a two-run home run to right, his ninth, and the Royals had a 6-0 lead.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED

Keller got out of a huge jam in the second inning. The Yankees loaded the bases on a walk, single and a hit-by-pitch. But Keller got a break when New York's hit a dribbler right in front of home plate. Perez pounced on the ball from his catcher's position, stepped on the plate for a forceout, then tagged Wade for a rare catcher unassisted double play. then flied out as Keller escaped major trouble.

HE SAID IT

"Awesome experience. It was indescribable. Wild." -- Keller, on pitching for the first time at Yankee Stadium

UP NEXT

Right-hander (0-1, 2.82 ERA) will take the mound for the Royals in Game 2 of the doubleheader at 6:05 p.m. CT at Yankee Stadium. (6-4, 3.51) will pitch for New York. Fillmyer is making his third start of the season. He gave up just one earned run over 6 2/3 innings on Monday against Detroit.