Heading into Saturday afternoon's game for the New York Yankees, the Bombers could really use a lift from Hiroki Kuroda as he was looking to snap a three-game losing streak against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Kuroda was absolutely brilliant for the Yankees, as was Red Sox starter John Lackey as both pitchers were going inning-for-inning early on, and it was the Yankees who drew first blood against Lackey in the top of the fifth inning.
Brett Gardner's RBI single off Lackey made it 1-0 Yankees. In the top of the seventh inning, Luis Cruz's RBI single made it 2-0 Yankees.
Later on in the inning, Cano's RBI single made it 3-0 and Lyle Overbay's RBI double off the Green Monster made it 4-0 Yankees.
Lackey pitched 6.1 innings, allowed four runs on 10 hits, walked none and struck out seven and left losing the game.
Kuroda was breezing through in the game right up until the seventh inning, which is where he ran into a little bit of trouble. Jonny Gomes' sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh made it 4-1 and Mike Carp scored on a wild pitch, making it 4-2. But that's all Boston got against Kuroda in the inning, as he kept the game at 4-2.
Kuroda went seven solid innings, allowed two runs on five hits, walked one and struck out four and was very good for the Yankees against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
David Robertson came in to pitch the eighth and allowed a hit to Daniel Nava, on the next play, Dustin Pedroia pops out to catcher Chris Stewart, who had to jump into the stands to make the play, then fires to second to get Nava to end the inning on an double play, an outstanding defensive play and heads-up baseball by the Yankees catcher.
In the top of the ninth inning, Cano's sacrifice fly made it 5-2 Yankees. Mariano Rivera came on to preserve the win and closed it out for the Yankees as they won 5-2 over Boston. Kuroda picked up the win, improving to 9-6 while Lackey took the loss and dropped to 7-7. Rivera picked up his 31st save of the season.
In the series finale which will be broadcasted on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, CC Sabathia (9-8, 4.07 ERA) will look to get his 10th win of the season as he will oppose fellow right-hander Ryan Dempster (5-8, 4.24 ERA.)
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