NEW YORK -- After suffering two consecutive home losses to the Chicago White Sox, the New York Yankees shut their visitors out on Saturday, winning 4-0 behind Hiroki Kuroda's seven scoreless innings and solo home runs by Curtis Granderson, Dewayne Wise and Robinson Cano.
While Kuroda (W, 8-7) dominated Chicago's lineup, his teammates chipped away at Jake Peavy (L, 6-5) (8.0 IP, 8H, 4R), building a four-run lead on Granderson's homer in the first, Dewayne Wise's RBI double and round-tripper in the second and fifth, respectively, and Robinson Cano's sixth-inning bomb into the second deck in right.
"Today was big for us," Wise told Yahoo! Contributor Network after New York snapped its skid. "Me and Granderson talked before the game and we knew that this was a must-win game for us.
"They came in here the first two days and kicked our butts. Kuroda went out there and pitched a great game, gave us a chance to win and that's what we did."
On top of tossing seven shutout innings, Kuroda recorded 11 strikeouts, matching his career high. He last fanned that many batters pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 6, 2008, in a game against the Chicago Cubs.
The Yankees finished June with a 20-7 record, and you can partly attribute that run to the contributions they've gotten from backup players such as corner infielder Eric Chavez and Wise.
Wise never doubted being able to fit in with the Yankees--who signed him in January--because he'd already known several of his current teammates.
"I'm comfortable," he said. "I felt that way coming into spring training. There are a lot of guys on this ballclub that I know. I knew we had a good squad in camp. Just happy to be a part of it."
Wise was just as comfortable at the plate in Saturday's matinee, telling YCN, "Just trying to keep everything short and simple. Been working with [hitting coach Kevin Long] in the cage.
"He's awesome, man. He doesn't try to get you to do too much. He just works with what you have, and that's what I've been doing."
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