Royals leapfrog Yankees in wildcard race

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — After beating the New York Mets and finishing their 9-game road trip with an 8-1 record, the Kansas City Royals bypassed one of the 5 teams standing in their way of a MLB post-season berth.

With the Royals win, and the NY Yankees 6-3 loss at San Diego, the Royals record of 56-52 is just one percentage point better than the Yankees at 57-53. Both the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Indians won on Sunday as well, so the Royals remain 7 and a half games back in the American League Central, and 4 and a half games back in the wildcard race.

Sunday’s win over the Mets help produce the best record for a 9-game road trip in franchise history. Ervin Santana got the win, pitching 6 innings while giving up just one earned run. Mike Moustakas homered, as the Royals collected 11 hits. Before the contest, catcher Salvador Perez was placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Pitcher Wade Davis was summoned away for a family emergency and it’s unknown if he’ll be available to pitch on his next scheduled day, which is Wednesday.

The Royals now open a 10-game home stand on Monday with Minnesota, Boston and Miami coming to Kauffman Stadium. The Royals play 16 of their next 21 games at home.

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