Kuroda cruised through the early innings. He worked around a two-base throwing error by A-Rod in the first and a two-out single in the second. Kuroda then had two straight 1-2-3 innings in the third and fourth.
It appeared that Romero had settled down after the first and retired the Yankees without incident in the second and third. But he ran into trouble again in the bottom of the fourth. He retired Andruw Jones on a ground out to start the inning, but Jayson Nix hit a ringing double to the gap in left. Russell Martin walked. And then Dewayne Wise–making a rare start against a left-handed pitcher–hit a ground rule double to right to score Nix and make the score, 5-0. Romero would then walk Derek Jeter to load the bases, but Nick Swisher hit into a double play to end the inning.
Kuroda, with the help of his defense, did great work to prevent a run in the top of the fifth.…