Hiroki Kuroda struck out 11 in seven innings to help the New York Yankees end the Chicago White Sox’s four-game winning streak with a 4-0 victory in a Major League Baseball contest.
Kuroda improved his record to 8-7 as he allowed three hits and no runs yesterday at Yankee Stadium.
“I was trying to be too careful, too perfect,” Kuroda told reporters, speaking about his earlier struggles through a translator. “Now I try to be as aggressive as possible.”
Kuroda, 37, who joined the Yankees this season from the Los Angeles Dodgers, gave up only one walk in the game.
“I think the whole game he was in control,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “He just never really gave anybody a good pitch to hit in a hitter’s count.”
Curtis Granderson hit his 23rd home run of the season in the first inning, Dewayne Wise hit a run-scoring double in the second followed by a home run in the fifth to give the Yankees a 3-0 advantage. Robinson Cano capped the scoring with his 19th home run of the season in the sixth inning.
Jake Peavy (6-5) also struck out 11, while allowing four runs on eight hits in an eight-inning complete game.
“I felt like I made a lot of good pitches,” Peavy said. “Obviously not enough. The Yankees are always going to do that to you.”
The Yankees (47-30) are atop the five-team American League East, five games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. The White Sox (42-36) lead the five-team AL Central division.
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