Kuroda Sharp as Yankees Blank Rangers
Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings for his 10th victory, Mariano Rivera got gifts before posting another save and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 2-0 on Thursday to split the four-game series.
After David Robertson worked a 1-2-3 eighth, Rivera pitched the ninth for his 33rd save this season, extending his career record to 641.
The Yankees took the lead for good when Brent Lillibridge's RBI double in the sixth made it 1-0 off Derek Holland (8-6).
Kuroda (10-6) scattered six hits and had three strikeouts with one walk. The right-hander threw 100 pitches on a warm day, though overcast conditions kept the temperature in the low 90s -- about 10 degrees cooler than originally forecast. He is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four July starts.
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