Not a great night for Hiroki Kuroda to have his worst start of the year. The Yankees five-game winning streak came to a crushing end with a 7-2 loss to the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field. Kuroda, who hadn’t allowed a home run since June 30, gave up four long balls, including a three-run shot by Jose Lobaton to put the Rays in the lead in the second inning. Kuroda had not been charged with more than five runs in a game all season — and had only once allowed more than four earned — but tonight he finished with seven earned runs on nine hits through six innings. He’s allowed nine hits only three times this year, but all three have been in his past four starts. Brett Gardner reached base four times and scored both Yankees runs, but they were ultimately held to just four hits by Chris Archer, who shut down the Yankees offense for the second time in four weeks.
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