Ichiro Suzuki hit a pair of solo home runs and Hiroki Kuroda allowed one run over eight innings as the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 in the finale of a three-game series between the division rivals.
The Yankees won two of three games against the Red Sox to improve their American League-leading record to 72-49. New York has won eight of 12 games against Boston this season.
Derek Jeter had three hits and scored the Yankees’ first two runs last night at Yankee Stadium, while Ichiro hit homers in the fourth and sixth innings to push the home team’s lead to 4-0. Kuroda, who picked up his 12th win, limited the Red Sox to four hits and tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings before allowing a seventh-inning homer to Adrian Gonzalez.
Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano got the last three outs for his 31st save of the Major League Baseball season.
New York begins a six-game road trip today in Chicago, facing the White Sox. After three games in Chicago, the Yankees play the Cleveland Indians. The Red Sox (59-63) open a seven-game home stint tomorrow with the first of three games against the Los Angeles Angels before playing four straight nights against the Kansas City Royals.
Pittsburgh and St. Louis played 19 innings yesterday, with the Pirates winning 6-3 on a home run by Pedro Alvarez. The victory puts the Pirates (67-54) two games ahead of the Cardinals (65-56) for the last of two wild-card playoff berths in the National League.
The San Francisco Giants are 66-55 after losing to the San Diego Padres 7-1 yesterday. The Giants are a half-game behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers (67-55) in the NL West after the Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 5-0.
The Braves (70-51) remain five games behind the NL-East leading Washington Nationals, who beat the New York Mets 5-2 to lift their record to 75-46.
The Chicago White Sox (65-55) remain 1 1/2 games ahead of Detroit (64-57) in the AL Central, as the White Sox lost to the Royals 5-2 and the Tigers fell to the Baltimore Orioles 7-5.
The Orioles (66-55) remain in position for the last of the AL’s two wild card spots, a half-game ahead of the Oakland Athletics, who beat the Indians 7-0 yesterday. The Tampa Bay Rays currently hold the other wild card berth and are one game ahead of Baltimore for second place in the AL East after beating the Los Angeles Angels 8-3 to complete a four-game series sweep.