Red Sox humble Kuroda, still lose to Yankees
New York Yankees 10, Boston 8
Hiroki Kuroda entered Friday night as one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, but as many pitchers before him have found out, Fenway Park can bring any hot streak to an end.
Kuroda watched his New York Yankees teammates stake him to a five-run lead before he took the mound, but he gave it all back in the bottom of the first, surrendering five runs before he recorded his third out.
"I got run support in the first inning, but I couldn't hold onto the lead," Kuroda said through his interpreter. "I just didn't do my job tonight. You have to hold onto the lead, or else the momentum is going to shift their way, and I just couldn't do that."
Kuroda, who was 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his previous seven starts, allowed a run in the second to make it a 6-6 game, but he and Josh Beckett carried the tie score into the fifth. Boston scored another run in the fifth to take a 7-6 lead, and Kuroda was able to get two outs in the sixth before manager Joe Girardi turned the game over to the Yankees' bullpen. New York wound up escaping with a 10-8 win over the Red Sox.
"As a starter, you want to go deeper in the game," Kuroda said. "Five innings is not enough as a starter. In the whole outing today, I didn't have most of my pitches."
Kuroda's final line saw him charged with seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and one walk, striking out three in 5 2/3 innings. He finishes the season's first half 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA.
"I didn't think he had his good sinker, and I didn't think he had his good split," Girardi said. "I thought his stuff was a little flat tonight for whatever reason. But the bats picked him up tonight. You have those starts like that."