NEW YORK – Hiroki Kuroda had a no-hitter going into the seventh, but Matt Harrison kept the Texas Rangers in the game all night.
Well, until the seventh inning.
Harrison had scattered four hits over six scoreless innings before giving up a one-out single to Derek Jeter. Manager Ron Washington pulled Harrison after that – and 106 pitches – and turned the game over to Alexi Ogando.
Ogando couldn’t get out of the inning unscathed, though. Nick Swisher won an eight-pitch at-bat with a two-run blast to right-center field and Mark Teixeira followed with a solo shot, lifting the Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Rangers.
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The Rangers never got anything going against Kuroda, who threw his second complete-game shutout of the season.
Their first hit of the night was an infield single by Elvis Andrus to lead off the seventh. He moved to second on a deep fly out by Josh Hamilton and to third on a wild pitch, but was stranded there.
The Rangers had only three other base runners in the game.
Andrus drew a one-out walk in the first, but Hamilton bounced into a double play. Mitch Moreland walked with two outs in the third, but Ian Kinsler grounded into a fielder’s choice. And Michael Young led off with a single to center in the eighth, but David Murphy grounded into a double play.
Harrison took the loss, allowing one run on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
-- Drew Davison