On the same day Andy Pettitte was placed on the 15-day disabled list, Hiroki Kuroda gave the Yankees the kind of performance that has enabled them to withstand devastating injuries all season.
For the fourth consecutive start, Kuroda went at least seven innings and allowed two earned runs or less. In fact, the veteran right-hander didn’t allow a single run on Friday night, surrendering just two hits over eight innings to lead to the Yankees to a 5-0 win in their series opener against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jays starter Mark Buehrle pitched nearly as well through the first six innings – allowing just two runs on three runs – but the Yankees got to him in the seventh.
Rookie David Adams led off the inning with a ground rule double, which was followed by a bunt single from Ichiro. Austin Romine doubled down the left field line to extend the lead to 3-0, knocking Buehrle out of the game. He was replaced by Aaron Loup, who promptly gave up a sac fly to Jayson Nix and an RBI single to Brett Gardner to extend the Yankees’ lead to 5-0.
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