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.
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