Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Hiroki Kuroda shut down a red-hot Toronto lineup,
and the New York Yankees continued their home mastery of the Blue Jays with a
5-0 triumph in the opener of a three-game set.
Toronto had racked up 33 runs in the last three victories of a season-high
four-game win streak it brought into Friday's showdown, but mustered a mere
two hits and three baserunners in Kuroda's (6-2) eight innings of work.
The veteran righty added five strikeouts in leading New York to its eighth
straight win over the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, where Toronto is a brutal
3-19 over its last 22 visits.
David Adams, Brett Gardner and Austin Romine backed Kuroda by collecting two
hits apiece, with Adams scoring twice and Gardner and Romine driving in a run.
Jayson Nix added a pair of sacrifice flies to help the Yankees bounce back
from consecutive home losses to Seattle in their previous series.
Mark Buehrle (1-3) was charged with all five runs allowed in six-plus innings
for Toronto, with Melky Cabrera and Edwin Encarnacion accounting for all four
of the Blue Jays' hits on the evening.
The Sports Network