ARLINGTON, Texas — Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven scoreless innings, Mariano Rivera got gifts before posting another save and the New York Yankees beat Texas 2-0 on Thursday to split the four-game series.
After David Robertson worked a 1-2-3 eighth, Rivera pitched the ninth for his 33rd save this season, extending his career record to 641.
The Yankees took the lead for good when Brent Lillibridge’s RBI double in the sixth made it 1-0 off Derek Holland (8-6).
Kuroda (10-6) scattered six hits, striking out three and walking one. He is 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA in four July starts.
The Rangers honored the retiring Rivera in a ceremony before his last regular-season game in Texas, presenting him with a pair of cowboy boots inscribed with the Yankees logo, his name and No. 42. He was also given a cowboy hat and a $5,000 donation was made to the Mariano Rivera Foundation that helps needy children.
Blue Jays 4, Astros 0
TORONTO — Mark Buehrle pitched a two-hitter and the Toronto Blue Jays ended a season-worst seven-game losing streak, beating Houston.
The last-place Blue Jays had been 0-6 since the All-Star break and had dropped 14 of 18 overall.
The Astros have won just once since July 13 and have the worst record in baseball at 34-67. They’ve lost 18 of 22.
White Sox 7, Tigers 4
CHICAGO — Jake Peavy pitched into the eighth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat Justin Verlander and Detroit as the Tigers again played minus Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera missed his third straight game because of an injured left hip flexor. The AL MVP left in the middle of Monday’s game.
Torii Hunter homered for the third time time in the series. But the Tigers outfielder exited in the eighth and is out with a sore left Achilles.
Peavy (8-4), the subject of trade speculation as the July 31 deadline approaches, was replaced by Matt Lindstrom after allowing Brayan Pena homered to start the eighth.
Addison Reed allowed the tying run to get to the plate in the ninth but struck out Pena to pick up his 26th save in 30 tries.
Verlander (10-8) gave up seven runs and 11 hits in six innings.
Royals 7, Orioles 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jeremy Guthrie pitched six solid innings and Billy Butler homered and the Kansas City Royals beat Baltimore.
The Royals, who limped into the All-Star break with five consecutive defeats, went 5-2 on the homestand against the Orioles and AL Central Division-leading Detroit.