NEW YORK -- As far as Eric Hosmer knows, this is all the Royals do when they visit the Yankees. The promising rookie who was called up less than a week ago homered to kick off Kansas Citys big second inning and the Royals beat New York 11-5 on Thursday night for their first series win in the Bronx since 1999. "Its been a real good three days," Hosmer said. "We came to New York and took two out of three from the Yankees. Were winning ballgames and youll keep seeing the smile on my face when we keep winning." Melky Cabrera homered too, and Billy Butler had four hits. "I found out today that we hadnt won one since 99," Butler said. "Roughly, give or take a little bit, Ive been here roughly half of it. Ive experienced a lot of failure here. I think its a statement for us. Throughout the whole season, weve been fighting and we dont give up, no matter who were facing." The Royals (20-17) head to Detroit only 3 1/2 games behind Cleveland -- another surprise -- in the AL Central. Theyll be trying to prove that theyve recovered from a bad road start. The two wins in New York made Kansas City still only 5-9 away from home, a night after Hosmers first career homer helped the Royals end a seven-game road losing streak. "Its a very big confidence boost for us, especially on the road because weve had struggles on the road in general," Butler said. "I dont think weve had enough sample size to say thats the case, but, especially coming off the last road trip, this is a good way to start the road trip." Robinson Cano homered for New York a day after he was hit in the head with a pitch, and Alex Rodriguez homered for the first time in 65 at-bats. Still, the Yankees fell out of first place in the AL East for the first time since April 13, slipping a game behind Tampa Bay. Just in time for the Red Sox to come to town, too. Sean OSullivan (2-2) retired his first 13 batters before running into trouble, but pitched into the seventh to give Kansas City its eighth win in 12 games. The Royals 16 hits were a season high, one night after they had four in 11 innings, in a 4-3 win. Ten of them came off Ivan Nova (3-3), who had the shortest start of his career. "I guess we were saving a lot of hits for the getaway game tonight," Hosmer said. Hosmer drove in a run on a check-swing double that was his third hit of the night. "Good hitters do that," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "I never could get those when I was playing." The Yankees got back four runs in the fifth inning, on Robinson Canos leadoff homer, Francisco Cervellis two-run double and Derek Jeters sacrifice fly. OSullivan was lifted with two outs in the seventh after allowing Jeters single up the middle. He gave up four runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings, without a strikeout. Hosmer led off the Royals big second inning with a solo shot to right-centre field. Some careless play by the Yankees set up the Royals to score five runs with two outs, making it the worst inning by Yankees pitching all season. Second baseman Canos throwing error on a double-play ball left Wilson Betemit safe at second and Matt Treanor at first. They both took a base on a passed ball by Cervelli, setting up Mike Aviles infield single to make it 2-0. Cabrera followed with a double, and then took a big lead off the bag. Cervelli tried to throw behind him, but the ball skipped into centre field and Aviles scored. "I tried to throw to second," Cervelli said. "It was a bad throw. That inning was the whole game." Butlers groundout and Jeff Francoeurs single capped the inning and made it 6-0. "You cant give teams extra outs," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You give teams extra baserunners with errors and walks, you hit guys, its just going to lead to trouble. Those games are extremely hard to win." Although his defence didnt help him any, Nova was hit hard from the start. He left after starting the fourth with a leadoff homer by Cabrera, a double by Gordon and an RBI single by Butler. Four of the eight runs Nova allowed were earned and his 10 hits given up were a career worst. Novas previous shortest starts were two times he went 4 1-3 earlier this season. In one of those, April 9 at Boston, he allowed a career-high seven hits. "The errors, its part of the game," Nova said. "I just got to keep my head up, keep working hard." Amaury Sanit pitched 4 2-3 innings in relief of Nova. The 31-year-old Cuban made his major league debut, allowing four hits and three runs. He also hit two batters with pitches and threw a wild pitch. Royals pitchers didnt record a single strikeout. Notes: Jeters grounder up the middle in the seventh inning was his 2,963rd career hit. It tied him with Sam Crawford for 29th on the career list. ... OSullivan made his first road appearance of the season. ... Cervelli had two passed balls. -- Its unusual for the Trail Blazers to talk about being frustrated with a win. Major League Baseball medical director Dr. Gary Green presented ideas to executives, physicians and trainers at the winter meetings this week. Among the prototypes being studied is headgear made of Kevlar, the high-impact material used by the military and law enforcement and NFL players for body armour. -2.html. Playing in her 12th Solheim Cup, the four-time major winner teamed up with Melissa Reid in the final fourball session to beat Americans Brittany Lang and Michelle Wie 4 and 3. .html. -- The Detroit Lions have released cornerback Kevin Barnes. After qualifying third on Thursday the Toronto threesome all hit solid routines to finish second in the five-team final with 159.995 points. Great Britain won gold with 164.845 points and Belarus took the bronze with a score of 158.TORONTO -- Toronto FC rewarded goalkeeper Joe Bendik with a new deal Tuesday while dealing former starter Stefan Frei to the Seattle Sounders. Frei, Torontos longest-serving player, lost his job to injury in 2012 and the fine play of Bendik this season. His US$200,000 contract expired at the end of the season but Toronto retained his rights though Thursdays first stage of the MLS re-entry process. Frei signed a new contract with Seattle shortly after the trade. "Joe had an opportunity to step in and prove himself this season and he did so in a big way," Toronto GM Tim Bezbatchenko said in a statement. Hes still a relatively young keeper who showed he has the ability and mentality to handle a full season of MLS play. "We are excited to watch him continue to develop his skills and be a leader on our re-shaped roster next season. We are confident that we have addressed our goalkeeper situation for the upcoming season, while adding increased roster and cap flexibility in the process." Toronto, meanwhile, may be close to landing a new designated player. Brazilian Gilberto was said to be at the Toronto Raptors game Tuesday night. Bendik, 24, started 33 games for Toronto in 2013, finishing with a 6-16-11 record and four shutouts. His salary was listed at US$46,500. Prior to being acquired by Toronto FC, he made five appearances and started in three games for Portland durring the 2012 season.dddddddddddd Frei, 27, is Torontos all-time leader in appearances across all competitions (99). He has a 1.54 goals-against average in 82 regular-season starts. "Stefan is a goalkeeper we have liked for a number of years," Seattle head coach Sigi Schmid said in a statement Tuesday. "He is a quality professional who brings experience and leadership to the position. Adding Stefan at this point of his career was very attractive to us." Toronto receives a conditional 2015 first-round MLS SuperDraft pick from Seattle. The Sounders currently have 41-year-old Marcus Hahnemann and 26-year-old Josh Ford as goalies on their roster. "Parting with a player of Stefans calibre and character is always difficult, but as we move forward with our re-shaping of the club, it is important that we have increased flexibility to make additional moves. This trade provides us with that flexibility," said Bezbatchenko. "Stefan is a great player and an even better person who will always hold a special place in the clubs history. We wish him all the best as he moves on to the next stage of his career." Toronto also has goalkeepers Chris Konopka and Quillan Roberts on its roster. On Monday, Toronto acquired Brazilian midfielder Jackson from FC Dallas in exchange for a conditional second-round pick in the 2015 draft and allocation money. ' ' '