NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira continued his recent surge at the plate with a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning, leading the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the opener of a single-admission doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
Teixeira highlighted a three-run inning with a base hit to center field off Pittsburgh starter Charlie Morton (0-6) that scored designated hitter Brett Gardner and shortstop Derek Jeter, who opened the game with a walk and bunt single. That hit gave the switch-hitting first baseman consecutive 20 RBIs in 24 games since returning from the disabled list on April 20.
Catcher Brian McCann capped the first with an RBI single and Gardner added a run-scoring double with one out in the second.
At the time of Gardner's hit, the Yankees appeared that they were going to roll to a blowout victory but they had just one hit the rest of the way against Morton. That hit was a two-out single by left fielder Zoilo Almonte in the fifth and he was subsequently picked off after Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle won a replay challenge.
Right-hander Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He gave up a one-out solo home run to second baseman Neil Walker in the first and a leadoff home run to catcher Tony Sanchez in the fifth.
The Pirates mounted their biggest threat in the fifth getting within one run on a single by Walker that deflected off third baseman Kelly Johnson's glove. That came after they loaded the bases in the fourth but did not score and following Walker's hit, center fielder Andrew McCutchen grounded out and third baseman Pedro Alvarez struck out.
Matt Daley recorded the first two outs of the seventh and left-hander Matt Thrornton struck out right-handed pinch hitter Jose Tabata. Adam Warren allowed a one-out base hit to McCutchen in the eighth and David Robertson recorded three of the final four outs via strikeout for his eighth save in as many opportunities.
Morton retired 16 of the final 17 hitters as he allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.
NOTES: Both teams took advantage of the rule allowing a 26th-man for doubleheaders. The Pirates added RHP Brandon Cumpton while the Yankees added RHP Jose Ramirez. ... RHP Jason Grilli will continue his rehab from an oblique injury by throwing on consecutive days this week in Pittsburgh. ... New York OF/DH Carlos Beltran will seek a second opinion on his hyperextended right elbow after having a second cortisone injection Saturday. ... New England Patriots QB Tom Brady attended the game. ... Pirates manager Clint Hurdle's replay challenge lasted 42 seconds.