Escobar’s blast paces Royals offense in 8-5 win over Yankees

Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is congratulated after hitting a three-run home run in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees on Monday, Aug. 29, 2016 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dillon Gee kept the Royals’ momentum going with six sharp innings, Alcides Escobar hit a three-run homer and Kansas City beat the New York Yankees 8-5 on Monday night to open their three-game set.

Gee (6-7) allowed only four hits and a run in the latest impressive start by the Royals’ staff, helping the reigning World Series champions win for the 18th time in 22 games.

Lorenzo Cain, Kendrys Morales and Alex Gordon drove in runs off Michael Pineda (6-11) during a five-hit salvo in the first inning. Pineda then retired 15 straight before getting into a two-on, no-outs jam in the seventh that led to Escobar’s homer off reliever Blake Parker.

Starlin Castro drove in two runs for the Yankees, the second in a four-run eighth inning that forced Kansas City manager Ned Yost to summon fill-in closer Kelvin Herrera.

Royals add outfield depth by trading for Daniel Nava

The Los Angeles Angels have traded outfielder Daniel Nava to the Kansas City Royals.

The Angels announced the deal Monday night.

Los Angeles also traded cash considerations to the Royals, who will send back cash or a player to be named later.

Nava struggled in his only season with the Angels, who hoped he could fill their gaping void in left field after adding him in the offseason. He batted .235 with one homer and 13 RBIs in 45 games for the Angels, and he missed 46 games with tendinitis and a groin strain.

The Angels designated Nava for assignment on July 30 along with Craig Gentry, the other half of the Angels’ disappointing outfield tandem.

Nava is expected to head to Triple-A Omaha for the Royals.