Even though Hiroki Kuroda wasn't his sharpest giving up 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work, he did manage to wiggle out of a couple of scraps including a bases loaded jam in the second. Kuroda gave up two runs struck out four and walked two in his 15 win of the season. The veteran right hander admitted to pitching coach Larry Rothschild that he has been feeling a bit fatigued his last couple of starts. Kuroda has thrown over 200 innings this year and maybe the 38 year old is starting to feel his age.
The Yankees staked Hiroki to an early lead when Nick Swisher hit a two out double in the first driving in Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano for a quick, 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded and no outs in the second Derek Jeter hit into a double play scoring Raul Ibanez from third.
Cody Rasmus got Toronto on the board in the fifth with a solo shot to right field. New York would add four in the sixth highlighted by a three run jack by Russell Martin and an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki extending the Yankees' lead to 7-1.
The Blue Jays would get a run in the bottom of the inning making it 7-2. The Yankees would get their eighth run of the night in the seventh on a ground out by Ibanez. Adam Lind would hit a two run shot in the bottom of the inning off of David Phelps, who relieved Kuroda in the sixth, to get the Jays to within four.
New York would tack on another run in the eighth on a bloop RBI single by Cano and Eric Chavez would put the icing on the cake with a two run homer in the ninth for the Yankees final two runs. The Blue Jays would use seven pitchers (six relievers) in the loss.
Tomorrow afternoon two lefties will take the hill with Andy Pettitte going for New York against Ricky Romero for Toronto.
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