Three starts in a row now, Hiroki Kuroda has been perfectly hitable and perfectly beatable. Tonight he lasted just five innings, allowing seven runs — five earned — on nine hits. The Yankees offense couldn’t bail him out, and a 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays meant a losing series in Toronto. Kuroda has allowed at least nine hits in four of his past five starts. He had not allowed that many in any of his starts previously this season. Kuroda was hurt tonight when he and Chris Stewart got crossed up on a first-inning strikeout. It should have ended the inning, but Stewart threw the ball away trying to get the out at first and two unearned runs scored. Even looking beyond that error, though, Kuroda was hitable yet again. The bullpen was good, but the lineup was not, including Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano striking out three times, and Rodriguez being thrown out at the plate on a bad send by Rob Thomson. Mark Reynolds had three hits and actually played pretty well at second base while filling in for Robinson Cano and Eduardo Nunez.
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