Ichiro Homers Twice, Yanks Beat Sox 4-1
Hiroki Kuroda continued to dominate opposing hitters in the Yankees (72-49) 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox (59-63) in the rubber game of the weekend series on Sunday night. Kuroda coming off his two hit complete game shutout against Texas on Tuesday night nearly matched that performance going eight innings allowing one run on four hits and striking out four along the way. Kuroda now stands at 13-8 and lowered his season ERA to 2.96.
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead against Josh Beckett scoring in the first inning on a Curtis Granderson RBI double. Derek Jeter scored on the play and finished going 3-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.
Ichiro Suzuki was the star of the game for the Yankees with the rare display of power outside of batting practice belting two solo homers. The first came in the fourth inning when Beckett hung a breaking ball that Ichiro sent into the second deck in right field. The second homer came in the sixth inning; it was Ichiro’s seventh of the season (third with the Yankees) and resulted in Ichiro getting the curtain call from the Yankee crowd.
Josh Beckett lasted six innings gave up four runs on seven hits and now stands at 5-11.
Rafael Soriano came on in the ninth for his 31st save of the season.
The Yankees will travel to Chicago and start a three game series with the White Sox on Monday. Freddy Garcia (7-5 4.68) goes for the Yankees while Gavin Floyd (9-9 4.43) starts for the White Sox. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:10 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.