NEW YORK - Jeremy Guthrie pitched effectively into the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals opened a four-game series at Yankee Stadium with a 5-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
Guthrie (8-6) allowed one run and six hits as he won for the first time in five starts since June 10. He looked more like the pitcher who began the season 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his first seven starts. He threw 92 pitches while beating the Yankees for the fifth time in 18 career appearances.
Guthrie also had his second straight start disrupted by rain. He had a no-decision in a game that had the first pitch delayed for two hours, 37 minutes and wound up getting interrupted for 12 minutes due to a power outage in Kansas City on Wednesday against Cleveland.
Guthrie remained in the game following Monday's delay and continued looking sharp. He cruised until allowing a two-out solo home run by pinch hitter Lyle Overbay in the seventh followed by base hits to Luis Cruz and pinch hitter Ichiro Suzuki.
After Suzuki's hit chased Guthrie, Tim Collins struck out pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez on a 2-2 changeup. In the eighth, Collins allowed a one-out single to rookie Zoilo Almonte and walked Robinson Cano on four pitches before getting Travis Hafner to hit into a force play.
Aaron Crow won a tough battle with Vernon Wells, getting him to ground out on the eighth pitch with two on for the final out of the eighth. Luke Hochever allowed a walk to Overbay and a single to Cruz before Greg Holland escaped a bases-loaded jam with none out in the ninth by striking out the side for his 21st save in 23 opportunities.
Billy Butler hit a solo home run while David Lough and Johnny Giavotella had run-scoring doubles for Kansas City. All-Star Alex Gordon also had an RBI double in the ninth, and Alcides Escobar followed with a run-scoring triple.
Phil Hughes (4-8) did not return after the delay after allowing two runs and four hits in four innings.
Kansas City scored two runs in the second. Butler pulled a 0-1 fastball into the right field seats for his seventh home run to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. With two outs, Lough lined an 0-2 fastball down the left-field line, scoring Mike Moustakas.
Rain began falling after the bottom of the third. In the bottom of the fourth umpire Dana DeMuth instructed the grounds crew to furiously start sweeping up after a 1-1 pitch to Robinson Cano, but as that happened the rain persisted and the game was delayed.
After a 59-minute delay, Guthrie easily finished the fourth and stranded Wells at first by getting two strikeouts.
Hughes was replaced by Adam Warren following the delay and the New York long man struck out two in the fifth.
NOTES: New York SS Derek Jeter appeared in his third rehab game for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre... 1B Travis Ishikawa became the 43rd player to appear for the Yankees when he joined the team Monday. ... 3B David Adams, who was batting .190, was optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so he can receive regular playing time. ... Cano announced that Chris Davis and Prince Fielder would participate in next Monday's home run derby for the American League. .... RHP Louis Coleman was recalled from Class AAA Omaha by the Royals after being there since June 4. RHP Will Smith was optioned to Omaha after throwing 51 pitches over three innings Sunday against Oakland. ... LHP Bruce Chen will make his first start of the season Friday in Cleveland in place of struggling RHP Luis Mendoza.