American League Game Summary - Boston at New York|
(Sunday, August 19th)
Final Score: New York 4, Boston 1
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ichiro Suzuki hit a pair of solo homers, Hiroki
Kuroda tossed eight strong innings and the New York Yankees beat the Boston
Red Sox, 4-1, in the rubber match of a three-game series.
Kuroda (12-8) gave up just one run on four hits while striking out four for
the Yankees, who went 5-2 on a seven-game homestand. The Japanese right-hander
was coming off a two-hit shutout in Tuesday's 3-0 win over Texas.
With Kuroda picking up the victory, the Yankees have three pitchers with
at least 12 wins (also Phil Hughes and CC Sabathia) prior to Sept. 1 for the
first time since 2006 when Chien-Ming Wang, Randy Johnson and Mike Mussna
accomplished the feat.
Curtis Granderson knocked in a run and walked twice for the American League
East-leading Yankees, who improved to 8-4 against Boston this year.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer for the Red Sox, who went 4-6 on a 10-game
Josh Beckett (5-11) allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings to fall
to 1-7 over his last 12 starts. The right-hander is now 14-8 in 29 career
starts against the Yankees.
The Yankees gave Kuroda some early support by scoring a run in the first
inning. Derek Jeter led off with a double to center field, moved to third on
Nick Swisher's groundout and scored on Granderson's double down the right-
Jeter scored again in the third to make it a 2-0 game. Jeter hit a ground-rule
double to left-center field, stole third and raced home on a wild pitch.
Suzuki's homer to right field in the fourth gave New York a three-run margin.
"I thought Josh had some of the best stuff that he's had in a while," Boston
manager Bobby Valentine said. "He just had trouble with two hitters, Jeter and
Ichiro. They kind of did him in."
Meanwhile, Kuroda was shutting down Boston's offense. The Red Sox finally got
a man past first base in the fifth after Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled and
moved to second on Scott Podsednik's groundout. But Pedro Ciriaco grounded out
to end the inning.
Suzuki cleared the wall in right field again in the sixth to make it a 4-0
"You watch his BP and you can see it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of
Suzuki's power. "Our ballpark is a little bit different, and you might see
Gonzalez responded with a homer to right in the seventh to cut the gap to
Rafael Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his 31st save of the
Suzuki recorded his seventh career multi-homer game ... New York first baseman
Mark Teixeira missed his third straight game because of a sore left wrist ...
The Yankees hung a loss on Beckett for the first time since Aug. 8, 2010 at
Yankee Stadium ... He was undefeated in his previous seven starts against the
Yankees, going 5-0 in that span ... Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia saw
his 13-game hitting streak come to an end ... The Red Sox will decide Monday
whether outfielder Carl Crawford will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the
torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.
08/20 01:07:45 ET