Rivera throws scoreless inning as Yanks top Astros
Saturday, March 17, 2012
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw his third consecutive scoreless inning in New York's 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday.
Rivera needed just eight pitches to extend his spring training stretch of not giving up an earned run to 24 innings. The last earned run that the right-hander allowed came on March 15, 2008, against Tampa Bay.
New York's Hiroki Kuroda allowed one run and three hits in four innings, throwing 49 of 59 pitches for strikes.
Robinson Cano hit a three-run homer off Bud Norris for a 5-0 lead in the second. Curtis Granderson had an RBI double during a two-run first.
Houston closer Brett Myers threw two innings in his second straight scoreless outing after allowing at least one run in each of first four appearances.