Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay singled home the
go-ahead run as part of a three-run ninth inning that lifted the New York
Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday in the finale
of a brief two-game interleague set at Dodger Stadium.
Starting pitching was the story for much of the night, as New York's Hiroki
Kuroda and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers exchanged zeros throughout their
Kuroda struck out eight over seven stellar innings of five-hit ball, while
Kershaw fanned five and scattered five hits over eight efficient frames.
Boone Logan (3-2) relieved Kuroda in the eighth and stranded Dodgers on first
and second before New York captain Derek Jeter led off the ninth with a walk
against LA reliever Ronald Belisario.
After consecutive fielder's choices found Robinson Cano on second with two
outs, Belisario (4-6) intentionally walked pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki before
being lifted in favor of Paco Rodriguez.
Rodriguez quickly got Overbay in an 0-2 hole, but the lefty slugger lofted a
single into shallow center field to score Cano for a 1-0 lead.
Jayson Nix then lifted a fly ball into shallow right field that second baseman
Mark Ellis appeared to have under control, but Yasiel Puig came charging in
from right field and knocked the ball out of Ellis' glove, allowing Suzuki and
Overbay to score for a 3-0 lead.
Mariano Rivera made quick work of the Dodgers in the ninth, needing just 12
pitches to secure his 34th save of the season.
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