KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -
's season debut went just fine. It was the pitchers who followed him that cost the
New York Yankees
homered and drove in three runs, helping the
Kansas City Royals
rally past New York 6-4 on a rainy Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
The Royals scored three runs with two outs in the eighth inning off relievers
(0-1), spoiling a solid start by Chamberlain.
''I still have to be more consistent. I let fastballs get up. When the weather started getting out of control, you have to
slow the game down and not get ahead of yourself,'' Chamberlain said. ''The bullpen has done a good job so far. There's no
second-guessing the bullpen.''
With the Yankees clinging to a 4-3 lead,
retired the first two Kansas City batters in the eighth before Veras was brought in to face pinch-hitter
Veras walked Butler and was lifted for Coke, who gave up a double to
that scored pinch-runner Tony Pena Jr. with the tying run.
added an RBI single. Buck, who had three hits, doubled home Callaspo with the final run.
''I blew the game,'' Coke said. ''I didn't give myself a chance by getting ahead of the hitters. When you don't do that, you
give them a chance. I don't have any excuses. I stunk it up pretty bad and ended up costing Joba a win.''
earned his third save by striking out the side in the ninth.
(1-0) worked a perfect eighth for the win, helped by a diving catch in right field from
''We came back and got it done,'' Royals starter
Chamberlain, who made 12 starts last season before going on the disabled list with rotator cuff tendinitis and then going
back to the bullpen, held the Royals to three runs - one earned - and four hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked
one and hit two batters with pitches.
The right-hander came out after throwing 88 pitches, 56 for strikes.
''Joba was pretty good,'' Yankees manager
said. ''His velocity was great. Joba could have gone out again, but we thought that we had it set up. We just never got to
The Yankees took a 4-3 lead with a three-run seventh.
opened the inning with singles, followed by
's RBI double. Royals first baseman
committed an error on
's bouncer, allowing another run to score. Nady came around with the go-ahead run when
grounded into a double play.
Meche held New York to three hits through six innings before giving up three runs in the seventh.
''For me, a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning, it's a situation we should have the game under control, especially the
way I was rolling for a while,'' he said. ''They just started hacking first pitch, got some balls in play. Swisher didn't
hit the ball too hard, broke his bat, base hit. Then Matsui rolls over in the hole. Nady just hooked it down the line. I just
tried to keep it under control as much as I could. I knew they were going to get some runs.''
The Royals took a 3-1 lead with two unearned runs in the fourth thanks to Swisher's two-out error at first base. Callaspo's
grounder went between Swisher's legs, scoring
, who led off the inning with a walk. Buck singled home
, who was hit by Chamberlain's pitch, for the other run.
Buck had a solo homer in the third.
''Me and Brayan have an advantage already because we are catchers, so we're cool already,'' Buck said, laughing.
, who led off the game with a single and stole second, scored the first Yankees run on Meche's wild pitch.
Meche went seven innings, allowing four runs and six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
''It was a great feeling just to help my team win. I'm very happy,''
Notes: Yankees 1B
was held out of the lineup for the second consecutive day with tendinitis in his left wrist. ... Royals 3B
did not play because of a sore right hip. ... The Royals are hitting a big league-low .201 with 14 runs in six games.