Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings as the New York Yankees won 2-0 to split a four-game series at the Texas Rangers. The New York Mets won 7-4 to also split their series with the Atlanta Braves.
Brent Lillibridge and Eduardo Nunez drove in the runs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as the Yankees improved to 54-48, 6 1/2 games behind the division-leading Boston Red Sox in the American League East. The Rangers dropped to 56-46 with their fifth loss in seven games since the All-Star break.
Kuroda improved to 10-6 as he helped the Yankees log their sixth shutout of the season, giving up six hits, striking out three batters and walking one.
Mariano Rivera got his 33rd save of the Major League Baseball season. Before the game, the Rangers presented Rivera, baseball’s career leader with 641 saves, with a cowboy hat and boots inscribed with the Yankees logo to commemorate his last visit to the ballpark. Rivera, 43, has said he’ll retire at the end of the season.
The Yankees took the lead on Lillibridge’s run-scoring double in the sixth off Derek Holland (8-6), who pitched into the eighth inning. Robinson Cano then scored in the eighth when Nunez reached first on a fielder’s choice grounder.
At Citi Field in New York, John Buck drove in three runs as the Mets topped the Braves (57-45) to improve to 45-53.
Zack Wheeler (4-1) got the win, giving up four runs on as many hits in six innings of work.
A two-run homer by Atlanta’s Dan Uggla in the fourth and a single shot by Freddie Freeman of the Braves in the sixth tied the game 4-4.
The Mets then took the lead for good in the bottom of the sixth with three runs, on a run-scoring single by Daniel Murphy, who then scored on David Wright’s triple before Buck drove in the last run with a double.