If low-scoring games are going to define the Yankees season, they fewer nights like Friday and more days like today. Hiroki Kuroda was terrific and one big inning by the offense was enough for a 5-2 Yankees win in their second game at Fenway Park. Five hits in the seventh led to three Yankees runs, which was enough breathing room for the team’s top three pitchers. Kuroda got the win with seven strong innings, Dave Robertson pitched a scoreless eighth and Mariano Rivera picked up his 31st save after getting a standing ovation from the Fenway crowd. Brett Gardner, Lyle Overbay and Eduardo Nunez each had three hits, including one apiece in that pivotal seventh when the Yankees turned a 1-0 lead into a 4-0 lead, enough to survive a mild two-run Red Sox rally. The game included three outs at the plate, including the one that ended the fifth inning after a slider got past Chris Stewart, who got the ball and threw home in time to get Kuroda out of a jam. Stewart also turned a stunning double play to end the eighth, tumbling into the stands to catch a foul popup, then throwing to second to get a runner trying to advance on the play. Kuroda ultimately allowed two runs on five hits. He walked one, struck out four and has allowed more than two earned runs in only one of his past seven starts.
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