Boston Red Sox rookie Anthony Ranaudo took the mound Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium seeking his fourth straight win, but he was out dueled by Hiroki Kuroda as the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 5-1. The victory ended a three-game losing streak for the Bronx Bombers.
Ranaudo was able to hold his own against the team he grew up watching. The young pitcher was able to escape a jam in the first with some great defense by the Sox infielders. With Derek Jeter on second base and Brett Gardner on first base, the Yankees attempted a double steal. Both baserunners where thrown out to erase the scoring threat in the inning.
But Ranaudo (3-1) was not as lucky in the next inning. He surrendered a two-run home run to Brian McCann to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. It stayed that way until the fifth after a sacrifice by former Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury pushed the lead to 3-0. That was all the scoring the Yankees did off Ranaudo. The rookie finished the game giving up just the three runs on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings.
The Red Sox only run in the game came off an RBI double off the bat of Brock Holt in the sixth inning to cut the score to 3-1. With Kuroda pitching well, the Yankees added two insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh off reliever Alex Wilson to push the score to 5-1.
Kuroda (10-8) gave up just the one run on four hits in seven inning pitched. He struck out eight and recorded zero walks to keep the Yankees playoff hopes alive. The Red Sox will send Brandon Workman to the mound Thursday night against Chris Capuano for the rubber game of the three-game series.