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Kuroda, Gardner lead Yankees over Rays


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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Hiroki Kuroda got a couple extra days between starts and it looked as if it paid off.

Kuroda pitched neatly into the seventh inning, Brett Gardner drove in two runs and the New York Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 on Sunday.

Kuroda (8-8) retired 17 straight batters after allowing consecutive one-out singles to Ben Zobrist and Matt Joyce in the first.

''I was able to physically get refreshed as well as mentally,'' Kuroda said through a translator.

Kuroda gave up two runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. After Shawn Kelley and Dellin Betances combined for 1 1-3 scoreless innings, David Robertson closed for his 33rd save.

''He had everything in his arsenal today,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said of Kuroda, who lasted just 4 2-3 innings in his previous start.

New York has won two in a row after losing five straight.

''We won our last two, and hopefully go home and win five or six and keep on going,'' Gardner said.

Jeremy Hellickson (1-2) didn't allow a hit until there were two outs in the fifth.

After a walk to Stephen Drew, Martin Prado doubled and Gardner followed with a two-run single. Jacoby Ellsbury, hitless in his previous 17 at-bats during a five-game road trip, made it 3-1 with an RBI single on New York's fourth straight hit.

''The walk to Drew really set the game the other way,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said.

Hellickson made his sixth start after right elbow surgery in January. He left after the fifth.

Mark Teixeira reached 20 homers for the 11th time in his career with a solo shot in the Yankees eighth. The slugger tied Joe DiMaggio for 80th place on the all-time list with 361.

Evan Longoria had two RBIs for the Rays. He hit a run-scoring grounder in the first and drove in Joyce with a seventh-inning single that pulled Tampa Bay within 3-2.

Prado also made several strong defensive plays at second base during Kuroda's long run of consecutive outs.

Tampa Bay had its club record of holding opponents to three runs or less end at 12 consecutive games. The Rays were just 7-5 over the stretch.

''That's like mid-'60s baseball,'' Maddon said. ''We'd like to take a little more advantage than 7-5.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: Derek Jeter was the DH for the second straight game and sixth time this season. Jeter fouled a ball off his lower left leg Saturday, but Girardi said giving Jeter a break from the turf at Tropicana Field was behind the decision. ... C Brian McCann was hitless in four at-bats in his return after missing six games with a concussion.

Rays: RF Wil Myers (broken right wrist) could return this week. OF David DeJesus (broken left hand) will not play in a rehab game Monday due to hand soreness.

KURODA'S HOMEWORK

Joyce is 9 for 23 with three homers off Kuroda, which is something the right-hander has taken notice of.

''If I knew what causes it, I'm sure I'd be able to get him out,'' Kuroda said. ''That's something that I have to take home and study.''

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP Chris Capuano (1-3) is scheduled to start against Houston LHP Brett Oberholtzer (4-8) Tuesday night.

Rays: Tampa Bay and Detroit begin a three-game series Tuesday night at Tropicana Field. Former Rays ace David Price is scheduled to face Tampa Bay for the first time Thursday.

 
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Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF4112010.276.350.448
Derek Jeter, DH5010011.271.321.326
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5011022.270.337.397
Mark Teixeira, 1B4111003.235.333.446
Carlos Beltran, RF3000100.235.292.420
   Ichiro Suzuki, RF0000000.277.326.324
Brian McCann, C4000011.235.291.380
Chase Headley, 3B4020021.235.308.356
Stephen Drew, SS3100114.170.241.302
Martin Prado, 2B4120000.263.309.369
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3648428    
Batting
2B - Martin Prado (19, Hellickson)
HR - Mark Teixeira (20, Peralta)
SH - Brett Gardner (9)
RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (52), Jacoby Ellsbury (53), Mark Teixeira (53)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner 2 (16), Jacoby Ellsbury (22)
Team LOB - 8
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda (W,8-8) 6.2422110 3.97
Shawn Kelley (H,9) 0.1000010 4.58
Dellin Betances (H,18) 1100020 1.48
David Robertson (S,33) 1000000 2.51
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (11)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 97-64, Shawn Kelley 4-3, Dellin Betances 15-10, David Robertson 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 10-9, Dellin Betances 1-0, David Robertson 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 25, Shawn Kelley 1, Dellin Betances 4, David Robertson 3
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Desmond Jennings, CF4010010.244.324.386
Ben Zobrist, 2B4110001.279.363.419
Matt Joyce, LF4120011.281.372.429
Evan Longoria, 3B4012000.253.323.391
James Loney, 1B4000001.285.335.372
Yunel Escobar, SS4000001.255.320.324
Vince Belnome, DH2000100.000.222.000
Jose Molina, C2000000.187.243.197
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH1000012.273.346.366
   Curt Casali, C0000000.186.286.233
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3000010.268.322.477
Jeremy Hellickson, P0000000.000.000.000
   Jeff Beliveau, P0000000.000.000.000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joel Peralta, P0000000.000.000.000
   Grant Balfour, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals3225214    
a-struck out for Molina in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Joyce (21, Kuroda)
RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (66)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
E - Yunel Escobar (12, Dropped fly), Evan Longoria (9, Throwing)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jeremy Hellickson (L,1-2) 5433250 2.56
Jeff Beliveau 1100010 2.19
Kirby Yates 1000010 2.19
Joel Peralta 1211001 3.86
Grant Balfour 1100010 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Jeremy Hellickson 99-62, Jeff Beliveau 13-8, Kirby Yates 14-9, Joel Peralta 21-16, Grant Balfour 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeremy Hellickson 3-8, Kirby Yates 1-1, Joel Peralta 1-3, Grant Balfour 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeremy Hellickson 22, Jeff Beliveau 4, Kirby Yates 3, Joel Peralta 6, Grant Balfour 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28812
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Mark Ripperger, First Base - Lance Barksdale, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Kerwin Danley