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Yankees hold off Royals for first series win since late June

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees (52-47) won their first series in July with a 5-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals (28-72) at Yankee Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

With the game tied at two in the seventh, DJ LeMahieu crushed an opposite-field home run to give the Yankees their third lead of the contest, and Giancarlo Stanton added some breathing room with a two-run shot in the eighth before Clay Holmes closed it out.

Gerrit Cole allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings while striking out 10, his second-straight double-digit strikeout game. The right-hander has allowed two runs or fewer in 16 of his 21 starts this season, the most in Major League Baseball. 

Stanton had a two-out RBI single earlier in the game, while Gleyber Torres added a sacrifice fly and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single. 

The Yankees will hand the ball to Luis Severino on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. as they try to sweep this three-game series.