Hiroki Kuroda pitched a five-hitter for his fifth major league shutout and Brett Gardner hit his first home run off a left-handed pitcher since July 2010, leading the New York Yankees over the Baltimore Orioles 3-0 Sunday night.
Kuroda (2-1) struck out four and walked none, lifting the Yankees back over .500 at 6-5.
Kuroda's eighth inning ended with a snappy double play started by shortstop Jayson Nix, who ranged far to his left to scoop up Nate McLouth's grounder up the middle, and flipped to Robinson Cano covering the bag for a 6-4-3 double play.
Baltimore finally got a runner to second base with two outs in the ninth inning when Adam Jones' groundout advanced Nick Markakis. Kuroda struck out Chris Davis to end it.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (0-2) matched him until the fifth. Brennan Boesch led off with a single and scored on Nix's sacrifice fly, and Gardner hit a drive high off the right-field foul pole. Gardner had gone 178 at-bats without a home run off a lefty - 198 incl...