Clayton Kershaw just might be the best pitcher in baseball. Tonight Hiroki Kuroda was basically just as good. An L.A. pitcher’s duel wasn’t decided until both starters were out of the game and the Yankees burned through nearly their entire bench in a span of seven at-bats to beat the Dodgers 3-0 heading into tomorrow’s off day. It was pinch hitter Lyle Overbay — facing a lefty who made him look awful on two previous pitches — who came up with the game-winning single with two outs in the ninth. An error allowed two more runs, and Mariano Rivera closed out the dramatic win with with his 34th save. Kershaw went eight scoreless innings with five hits and five strikeouts. Kuroda went seven scoreless with five hits and eight strikeouts. Both were oustanding in a matchup of former teammates. Kuroda was pulled for a pinch hitter with two outs in the eighth. An inning later, Eduardo Nunez pinch ran (for Derek Jeter) and Ichiro Suzuki pinch hit (and was intentionally walked) before Overbay came through with his game-winner. Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig then botched a shallow fly ball, letting a pair of insurance runs score. CC Sabathia was on deck to pinch hit when the ninth inning rally ended.
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