Playing without Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees' 5 through 8 hitters combined to go 6 for 14 with seven RBIs in their 10-7 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Dustin Ackley went 1 for 3 with two RBIs, Aaron Hicks went 2 for 3 with an RBI, Didi Gregorius went 2 for 4 with three RBIs and Chase Headley recorded his first RBI in 24 games, as the Yankees won for the fourth time in five games.
"That's your first step," manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "More than that, I think it's winning series that's important. And if you win series, that will all take care of itself."
In a game with four lead changes and three ties, the bottom of the order drove in the Yankees' first seven runs, while the top of the order drove in three runs in the eighth inning.
"Maybe it's the weather heating up. It's not raining on us," Girardi said. "All of a sudden I think we're swinging the bats like we're capable of."
Ackley, who hit a sac fly in the first inning, hit a game-tying RBI single in the seventh inning and scored on Hicks' go-ahead double that gave New York a 7-6 lead.
After Andrew Miller blew his first save of the season as a setup man by allowing Lorenzo Cain's third home run of the game, Brett Gardner hit a go-ahead RBI double, and Brian McCann drove in two more runs with a double.
"This is the first time that we've battled back through a game a couple different times," McCann said. "Guys had some quality at-bats and huge moments, and we really haven't done that all year."
Headley recorded his first RBI since April 7 with an RBI single in the second inning that tied the game at 2. After Cain's first home run gave Kansas City a 3-2 lead, Gregorius hit a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third that made it 5-3.
"When you get those guys going too, that's what happens: You have big outputs," Girardi said.