NEW YORK (AP) — A few innings after a matchup between Japanese aces Yu Darvish and Hiroki Kuroda was spoiled by five home runs, Ichiro Suzuki finished off the Texas Rangers with a long ball of his own.
Suzuki homered off Tanner Scheppers with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
"Love it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Sometimes it's tough to score runs when you're not hitting home runs. We got enough tonight."
Suzuki's drive to right-center was the Yankees' fourth home run of the game, three coming off Darvish, and it helped New York improve to 4-3 on a homestand that ends after two more games against the Rangers.
"I think it was just the wrong pitch at the wrong time," Scheppers said. "I probably showed him too many fastballs in that at-bat. Probably should have went with something different."
Mariano Rivera (1-1) worked a scoreless ninth for New York, which ended the Rangers' five-game winning streak. Scheppers (5-1) pitched a perfect eighth before being touched up by Suzuki in New York's first walk-off win this year.