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Yankees 5, Royals 1: Warren & Tex lead Yanks to victory

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Don't look now, but the recently struggling Yankees have a two-game win streak on their hands thanks to some dominant pitching.

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After a couple of woeful weeks filled with loss after loss, the Yankees appear to be turning things around after their second win in a row against the Kansas City Royals tonight. They've got Adam Warren and Mark Teixeira to thank for tonight's victory, as the two took on the bulk of the team's production.

Warren has been firing on all cylinders of late, and he continued that trend this evening with 6.1 dominant innings in which he allowed two hits and no walks and efficiently threw 62 strikes out of 88 total pitches. It was his third straight start where he made it past the sixth inning, and his string of bad luck in terms of run support thankfully came to an end. His lone blemish came in the sixth, when Royals' outfielder Paulo Orlando hit a solo shot for his first career home run to make the score 5-1. Justin Wilson finished off the seventh inning for Warren, and then Dellin Betances came on to strike out the side in the eighth and complete a technical no-hitter by retiring his 27th straight batter. Andrew Miller sealed the deal in the ninth.

Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez had a hand in nearly all of the Yanks' offense tonight. In the bottom of the first, Tex kicked things off with a two-run homer to left center.

A-Rod extended his hitting streak to five games in the third inning. He went two-for-three on the night with a walk and two runs scored. In the bottom of the fifth, a Chris Young infield single and A-Rod single to right field lead up to a two-RBI double for Tex. He would then come in to score on a Chase Headley sacrifice fly. Tex finished the game with. 4 RBI and 2 runs scored. Chris Young, Carlos Beltran, and John Ryan Murphy also picked up hits.

The Yanks have their first series win in what feels like forever, and they'll go for the sweep tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 on YES as Michael Pineda takes on the dominant Chris Young.