May 18: Pirates (17-25) 3, Yankees (23-19) 4
The New York Yankees knocked in all four of their runs in the first two innings and starter Hiroki Kuroda tossed six frames of ball in an eventual 4-3 win against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. Mark Teixeira tallied two RBIs on a single in the first.
The Pirates got on the board first in the opening frame on a solo home run off the bat of Neil Walker. He sent the first-pitch offering from Kuroda over the right-center field wall for an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom half of the inning, the Yankees loaded the bases when the first three batters reached base on a Brett Gardner walk, a Derek Jeter bunt single and a Jacoby Ellsbury hit by pitch. Teixeira contributed his two-run single right before Brian McCann capped the inning’s scoring with a run-scoring base knock of his own.
Leading 2-1 heading into the bottom of the second, Gardner added to Yanks’ lead with an RBI double to right field.
With Kuroda cruising on the mound, the Pirates didn’t get back on the board until the fifth. They did so in a big way as they pulled within one on a Tony Sanchez solo home run and another RBI hit by Walker — a single to third base.
Neither team could truly muster up any form of offense from there on out as Kuroda finished his six frames with five hits allowed, three earned runs, two walks and seven fanned batters. The Bronx Bombers had four relievers come in behind Kuroda to close out the narrow win.
David Robinson did a stellar job in earning his eighth save of the year as he tossed 1.1 innings of perfect ball. He struck out three and didn’t allow a single base runner.
On the mound for Pittsburgh, Charlie Morton suffered the tough break as he went seven innings and gave up four runs in the loss. He settled down after a slow start and fanned a total of six Yankees batters. He moved to a disappointing 0-6 record with a respectable 3.45 ERA.