Elvis Andrus’ infield single to leadoff the seventh ended Hiroki Kuroda’s bid for his first no-hitter, but the close call was yet another reminder of how good the right-hander has been in his first season with the Yankees. The problem was a lack of a run support, as the Yankees battled the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night for the best record in the American League.
But in the bottom of the seventh, Nick Swisher delivered with a two-run blast, giving the Yankees a 3-0 win. It was the second consecutive night in which Swisher hit a clutch homer. He also hit a decisive grand slam against the Rangers on Monday.
Swisher’s homer was immediately followed by a solo shot from Mark Teixeira, which would be plenty of support for Kuroda.
Kuroda relied heavily on his infield defense, forcing the Rangers to groundout 15 times. He also struck out five while allowing just two hits and a walk in the complete game effort.
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