Kuroda Takes No-Hitter Into 7th as Yankees Defeat Rangers 3-0

Hiroki Kuroda took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 3-0 in a matchup of the top two teams in the American League.

Kuroda (11-8) allowed two hits and struck out five last night at Yankee Stadium. It was his fourth career complete game, all of them shutouts. Elvis Andrus broke up the no-hitter with an infield single.

The Yankees got all their runs in the seventh inning. Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer, his 16th of the Major League Baseball season, and Mark Teixeira followed with his 23rd homer.

Matt Harrison (13-7) allowed one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings for Texas. He was relieved by Alexi Ogando, who gave up the home runs to Swisher and Teixeira.

The Yankees lead the AL with a 69-47 record, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Rangers (67-48).

The Yankees, who have won six of their past seven games, opened the series against Texas with an 8-2 victory two nights ago. The teams reconvene tonight and tomorrow.

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