Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/6/12

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Alex Gordon went 4-for-5, Billy Butler drove in three runs and Felipe Paulino pitched six scoreless innings as the Kansas City Royals defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 Saturday night.

Gordon’s four hits matched his career high, accomplished seven other times. Butler stroked a two-run double in the first and doubled home Gordon in the fifth. Gordon’s double in the two-run sixth scored Alcides Escobar.

Paulino (1-0) gave up four hits, walked two and struck out six to earn the victory.

The Yankees, who have lost four of five, avoided being shut out for the fourth time when Russell Martin homered off Jose Mijares in the seventh. Martin had three of the Yankees hits.

Paulino, who was making his first start of the season after missing much of April on the disabled list with a strained right forearm, retired the first 11 Yankees he faced before walking Alex Rodriguez on a full count in the fourth inning.

Paulino’s no-hitter ended abruptly with one out in the fifth when Raul Ibanez and Russell Martin hit back-to-back singles. Eduardo Nunez drew a two-out walk to load the bases for Derek Jeter, who grounded out for the third straight time.

The Royals took advantage of a Jeter error to score two runs in the first inning. Jarrod Dyson reached first to lead off the inning when Jeter fumbled his grounder. Dyson advanced to third on Alex Gordon’s single. Billy Butler, who leads all major leaguers with 148 doubles since the start of the 2009 season, slapped a two-bagger down the left-field line to score both.

Losing Yankees starter Hiroki Kuroda (2-3) has given up nine of his 18 runs in the first inning. Kuroda was pulled after 4 1/3 innings, matching his shortest outing of the season. He was charged with three runs on six hits and three walks.

Butler, also, doubled home Gordon in the fifth inning, hiking the Kansas City advantage to 3-0.

Humberto Quintero stranded seven Royals’ runners in the first five innings. He struck out to end the first with two runners on, flied out to center to leave the bases loaded in the third and grounded out to end the fifth with two runners on first and third.

NOTES: Yankees OF Nick Swisher, who has not played in six games because of a left hamstring strain, did everything in pre-game drills, including running the bases, and will likely return to the lineup Sunday. … OF Brett Gardner, who is on the Yankees' disabled list with a strained right elbow, took batting practice. He is scheduled to hit again Sunday. If all goes well, he'll begin a minor league rehab assignment Monday. … The Royals optioned RHP Louis Coleman to Class AAA Omaha to make roster room for Paulino. … Royals RHP Greg Holland threw 28 pitches in batting practice with no problems. Holland, who is on the disabled list with a rib injury, is scheduled to play catch Monday and report Tuesday to Class AA Northwest Arkansas for a minor league rehab assignment. … Kansas football coach Charlie Weis, who is a Yankee fan, attended the game and watched batting practice. He gave a Jayhawks jersey to Yankees OF Curtis Granderson, who is a big KU basketball fan.

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