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ARLINGTON, Texas -- New York starter Hiroki Kuroda outdueled Texas left-hander Derek Holland and the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-0 on Thursday afternoon.

The Yankees (54-48) ended a seven-game road trip on a high note by splitting their four-game series with the Rangers. Finishing 3-4 on the trip, New York prevented Texas from taking back-to-back series against the club for the first time since 1993.

New York begins a brief three-game home series on Friday night against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Texas (56-46), shut out for the sixth time this year, closed out its seven-game homestand by winning just two after being swept by the Baltimore Orioles. Texas fell to 3 1/2 games back in the American League West race, its largest deficit in the division since 2010.

Kuroda (10-6) picked up his third consecutive win and did not allow an earned run for the third time in four starts. Kuroda, improving to 2-0 against Texas this season, worked seven innings and was barely threatened by the Rangers.

The Rangers' best chance against the right-hander came in the sixth with two runners on and one out. However, back-to-back line drives to the outfield silenced the scoring opportunity.

Kuroda struck out three and gave up a walk and six hits.

David Robertson worked a perfect eighth with a strikeout for the Yankees and gave way to closer Mariano Rivera.

Rivera, pitching in his final regular-season appearance at Rangers Ballpark, picked up his 33rd save of the season, working around a one-out single.

Holland had blanked the Yankees for 14 1/3 innings in two starts before New York pushed a run across the plate.

Brent Lillibridge made Holland pay for the Yankees' second consecutive leadoff double. Lillibridge followed Austin Romine's double to start the inning with one of his own to break a scoreless tie.

Holland departed in the eighth after giving up a double to Robinson Cano that turned into a run on a soft grounder two batters later.

Holland allowed eight hits, two earned runs and a walk to go along with two strikeouts.

Romine led the Yankees with a career-high three hits, and New York had hits from eight of its nine batters in the starting lineup.

NOTES: As part of Rivera's farewell, the Texas Rangers honored him before the game with a donation of $5,000 to the Mariano Rivera Foundation. ... The Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez (quad injury) was examined by a team doctor on Thursday and he would not be in the lineup on Friday. ... Adrian Beltre extended his league-best 18-game streak in which he has not struck out.
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