Hiroki Kuroda made his case for the all-star team with seven brilliant innings on Sunday, but the Yankees missed out on their seventh win in row when Mariano Rivera blew his second save of the season to hand the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 win.
Kuroda had his start skipped on Friday due to a hip flexor issue, but he didn’t miss a beat. The veteran right-hander allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out four. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth inning, but Adam Jones teed off on a Rivera offering for a two-run homer to erase the Yankees’ 1-0 lead.
The Yankees scored their only run in the second on a sac fly from Eduardo Nunez, who now has three RBI in his first two games back from the disabled list. The run was set up by Zoilo Almonte’s 11-pitch at-bat, which resulted in a leadoff walk.
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