NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Hiroki Kuroda
fired eight shutout innings Monday and the New York Yankees survived a late Los Angeles rally to best the Angels 2-1.
Kuroda (11-7) scattered three hits and issued one walk while walking seven en route to the win, tossing 70-of-107 pitches for strikes. The right-hander has allowed just five runs over 51 innings, lowering his ERA to 2.33, second-best in the American League.
He left with a 2-0 lead but the Angels came to life against the Yankees bullpen in the ninth.
Boone Logan, trying to secure the win after New York closer Mariano Rivera had blown three straight save opportunities, allowed a lead-off single to J.B. Shuck, then struck out Kole Calhoun.
David Robertson took the mound, only to yield a walk to Mike Trout and an RBI double to Josh Hamilton.
Erick Aybar was intentionally walked to load the bases but Robertson then fanned Mark Trumbo and Chris Nelson to end the game, notching his first save of the season.
Curtis Granderson went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and Brett Gardner also drove in a run as the Yankees took the opener of a four-game series.
Garrett Richards (3-5) absorbed a complete-game loss, yielding two runs on seven hits over eight innings. He walked one and struck out three for Los Angeles.