New York Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. (PHOTO: US PRESSWIRE)
OAKLAND, CA - Hiroki Kuroda gave up just four hits in eight innings Sunday and the New York Yankees shut out the Oakland Athletics, 2-0, to finish off a three-game sweep.
Kuroda (4-6) snapped a two-start losing streak, striking out three and walking one while throwing 67 of his 104 pitches for strikes.
The 37-year-old righty wasn't given the chance to pick up his first shutout in almost four years. Rafael Soriano worked around a Josh Reddick single for his fifth save of the season.
Andruw Jones belted a leadoff homer in the second inning for the only run the Yankees needed for their fifth straight win.
Derek Jeter led off the game with a single to pass George Brett for 14th place on the all-time hits list with 3,155.
The A's dropped five in a row to finish 1-5 on a six-game homestand and were swept for the first time this season. Tommy Milone (6-4) took the loss in 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and two walks.
The Yankees got nothing out of a bases-loaded situation in the first inning, but took the lead on Jones' first-pitch homer to left-center field leading off the second.
It remained 1-0 until Curtis Granderson singled to start a two-out rally in the seventh inning, coming home on Mark Teixeira's double to the right-center field gap.
Ryan Cook came in for Milone after that and got Alex Rodriguez on a grounder to end the inning, but the A's couldn't muster any runs. They ended 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and stranded four runners.
Jones hit his fifth homer of the season...Kuroda's only two shutouts came in 2008 with the Dodgers: on June 6 over the Cubs and July 7 against the Braves, when he carried a perfect game into the eighth inning...The Yankees' winning streak comes on the heels of a 1-6 stretch. They will continue their nine-game road trip with the first of three in a row against the Angels in Anaheim on Monday...Cal Ripken Jr. is 13th on the all-time list with 3,184 hits...The A's will start a six-game road trip Monday against the Minnesota Twins.
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