Kuroda improved to 9-2 in his last 16 starts after tossing seven innings of one-run ball. He had a 16.1-inning scoreless streak snapped by Adrian Gonzalez’s solo home run in the seventh.
Ichiro pulled two solo home runs into the right field seats off loser Josh Beckett, who labored through six innings. Ichiro has hit three home runs and batted .322 through his first 87 at-bats as a Yankee. He had just four home runs and batted .261 in 402 at-bats with Seattle.
Derek Jeter finished with three hits and is now just one shy of Nap Lajoie for 12th on the all-time hit list. He also scored two runs and sits one run sky of Craig Biggio for 13th on the all-time run list.
Jeter ended the weekend with 3,151 hits and 1,843 runs in his career and with 163 hits this year – the most in baseball.