Major League Baseball
Kansas City 5, NY Yankees 2
When: 3:10 PM ET, Sunday, October 1, 2023
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
Temperature: 90°
Umpires: Home - Clint Vondrak, 1B - Carlos Torres, 2B - Ron Kulpa, 3B - Jeremy Riggs
Attendance: 20662

The Kansas City Royals put on a power display in the season finale, hammering three solo homers in support of Zack Greinke during a 5-2 win over the visiting New York Yankees on Sunday.

In possibly the final appearance of his 20-year career, Greinke (2-15) threw five-plus innings of one-run ball. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out two.

MJ Melendez, Edward Olivares and Dairon Blanco went deep off Michael King (4-8), helping the Royals build a 4-0 lead to chase the New York starter after four innings. King surrendered eight hits and a season-high four runs with one strikeout and no walks.

Greinke was treated rudely at the start by the Yankees, who opened the game with three straight singles, but he escaped the jam with the help of a double-play grounder.

Throwing first-pitch strikes to 15 of the 19 batters he faced, Greinke pitched into the sixth inning for the first time since July 4. After walking DJ LeMahieu to open the sixth, Greinke exited to a standing ovation from the home crowd.

Melendez connected for his 16th home run of the season to lead off the second before Nick Pratto added a two-out RBI single for a 2-0 Kansas City lead.

Olivares and Blanco both went deep in the fourth, expanding Kansas City's lead to 4-0. Blanco had three hits and two stolen bases while scoring twice.

Bobby Witt Jr. hit his major-league-leading 11th triple to open the fifth and scored on Salvador Perez's sacrifice fly for a 5-0 advantage.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa's two-out, two-run single in the sixth cut the deficit to 5-2.

Three Royals relievers combined to allow one run over four innings, as James McArthur earned his fourth save with two scoreless innings, fanning four.

Witt was caught stealing in the third inning, and he finished the season with 30 homers and 49 steals. He fell just short of being the first player ever with at least 30 homers, 50 steals and 10 triples in a season.

Despite ending the season winning five of their last six series, Kansas City (56-106) matched a franchise record for losses. The Royals also went 56-106 in 2005.

The Royals won a series against the Yankees for the first time since May 15-17, 2015, breaking a streak of 15 straight series losses.

Austin Wells had three of the Yankees' seven hits.

New York (82-80) finished with its worst winning percentage since 1992 while missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Starting Pitchers
NY Yankees   Kansas City
Michael King Player Zack Greinke
Loss W/L Win
4.0 IP 5.0
1 Strikeouts 2
8 Hits 4
9.00 ERA 1.80
NY Yankees   Kansas City
Austin Wells Player Dairon Blanco
3 Hits 3
0 RBI 1
0 HR 1
5 TB 6
.750 Avg 1.000
Team Stats Summary
Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
NY Yankees 7 0 10 .219 16 7 2 3 0 1
Kansas City 11 3 22 .344 9 8 5 1 2 0