Severino was charged with six earned runs in 4.1 innings, as the Royals jumped out to a 6-0 lead and handed the All-Star pitcher his fourth loss of the year. Lucas Duda went deep against him, as Kansas City scored twice in the third and four times in the fifth.
The Yankees did make things interesting, cutting their deficit to just one by scoring five times from the fifth to seventh innings. That included Giancarlo Stanton going deep, while Gleyber Torres, Neil Walker, and Austin Romine added RBIs to make it 6-5.
The Royals would then pull away in the final two innings, thanks to a three-run shot from recently-acquired outfielder Brian Goodwin. Kansas City acquired Goodwin in a trade with the Washington Nationals last week, as the Nats had too many outfielders on their major league roster. Duda would drive in some more insurance with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.
The Yankees drop to 5.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox for the top spot in the AL East. They will host Game 2 of the doubleheader on Saturday night, before debuting J.A. Happ in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. The Red Sox are hosting the Minnesota Twins two more times this weekend.