New York Yankees: Hiroki Kuroda Saves the Game to Beat Baltimore Orioles

Bill FordCorrespondent IIIMay 1, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Hiroki Kuroda #18 of the New York Yankees tags out Nick Markakis #21 of the Baltimore Orioles who tried to steal home off of a wild pitch as Russell Martin #55 of the New York Yankees who flipped the ball to Hiroki looks on during their game on April 30, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees improved their record to 4-0 against the Baltimore Orioles this season, thanks to the effort of starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

Kuroda pitched well and deep into the game. After throwing a splitter in the seventh that got away from catcher Russell Martin, Nick Markakis broke from third base to capitalize on the error, but Kuroda got to the plate in time, catching the ball from Martin and getting the tag on Markakis.

The Yankees were able to hold onto their 2-1 lead after that with the help of setup man David Robertson and closer Mariano Rivera.

Eric Chavez smashed a two-run home run in the second inning, giving Kuroda the run support to get his second win at Yankee Stadium this season.

Kuroda had a strong outing on the mound throwing 87 pitches, 52 for strikes. Monday's game lowered his ERA to 3.69.

"I thought he pitched effectively inside," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, who was impressed with Kuroda's performance.

"I thought his slider was good tonight. The only walk that he had scored. He attacked the zone all night, and I thought he was effective."

Kuroda has had a bit of difficulty this season. His record for the 2012 season currently stands at 2-3.

Monday's game versus the O's showed that Kuroda has the capability of having a strong, solid outing in a tough place to pitch like Yankee Stadium. His win should be a good boost for his confidence coming off a few letdown performances.