(NEW YORK) -- With half of their lineup not playing due to various injuries, the New York Yankees knew their pitching had to be excellent if they wanted to compete in the AL East this year.
Hiroki Kuroda was excellent on Sunday night, pitching a five-hit shutout to lead the Yankees to a 3-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Kuroda (2-1) struck out five and walked only one, while getting a combined 18 Oriole hitters to ground out.
"I thought his sinker was excellent," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "Look at all the groundball outs he got."
Brett Gardner hit a two-run home run in the 5th inning for the Yankees, who improved to 6-5 on the year and took two-of-three from Baltimore.
Orioles starter Wei-Yin Chen (0-2) took the loss.
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