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Kuroda and Hafner lead Yankees over Astros

Wednesday, May 01, 2013 - Updated: 3:31 PM

NEW YORK (AP) -- Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and the New York Yankees used small ball to beat the Houston Astros 7-4 on Tuesday night.

Jayson Nix had an RBI infield single and Brennan Boesch a run-scoring fielder's choice for the banged-up Bronx Bombers, who bounced back from a 9-1 loss to the Astros on Monday. New York took advantage of Phil Humber's four wild pitches and a couple of close calls at first base to score its first four runs without an extra-base hit.

Kuroda (4-1) threw 67 pitches in the first three innings, putting at least two runners on in each one. But just as he did in his previous start, he got into a better rhythm and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.

Kuroda won his fourth straight decision, matching a career best. He walked four for the second time this season.

Yankees reliever David Robertson gave up a two-run homer to Chris Carter in the eighth to make it 4-2. But Lyle Overbay homered off Brad Peacock, recently demoted to the bullpen, to open the bottom half and Chris Stewart had an RBI single to restore the four-run lead. Hafner made it 7-2 with another single.

Shawn Kelley gave up a two-run double to Jose Altuve in the ninth and walked off the mound to many in the sparse crowd chanting "We want Mo!" Joe Girardi obliged and Mariano Rivera got one out for his 10 straight save to start the season.

Ichiro Suzuki had three of the Yankees' 15 hits. He had two infield hits and reached on a wild pitch after striking out. Suzuki stole his second base of the year and scored twice.

Kevin Youkilis joined Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the disabled list Tuesday because of a lumbar spine sprain. Despite all their injuries -- and all the gloomy predictions that accompanied the loss of four All-Stars -- the Yankees ended April 16-10 after losing four of their first five. They are in second place in the AL East behind the surprising Boston Red Sox.

     

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