Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Super Nova helps Yankees avoid home sweep to Phils

Bronx,  NY -- Ivan Nova pitched into the seventh inning in his  first  start in more than  14 months and  the New York Yankees routed the Philadelphia  Phillies  10-2 on Wednesday afternoon  to avoid being swept in a three-game series.

Nova  (1-0) returned from  Tommy John surgery to allow just three hits and two walks in 6 2/3 shutout innings. The 28-year-old right-hander threw 91 pitches, including 51 strikes.

Mark Teixeira had three hits and two RBI for the Yankees, who snapped a three- game losing streak.

The  Phillies,  after scoring 11  runs in  each of the  first two games of the series,  didn't cross  the plate until a  two-run rally in the ninth inning on Wednesday that included an RBI single by Domonic Brown.

The had a three-game winning streak snapped.

Philadelphia  ace  Cole Hamels (5-6) remained  winless in his last five starts after allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings. It was the second time in  his last  three starts that Hamels,  who has had poor run support over his winless streak, allowed five runs.

The  Yankees  took a 2-0 lead  on a throwing  error in the second inning after loading  the  bases with no  outs on Chris  Young's single, John Ryan Murphy's walk and Did Gregorius' bunt hit.

Young  and Murphy scored when third baseman Andres Blanco bounced a throw past catcher Carlos Ruiz after fielding Jose Pirela's ground ball.

New  York pushed its  lead to 5-0 with three runs in the fourth on RBI singles by Brett Gardner and Teixeira sandwiched around an RBI double by Chase Headley down the line past Blanco.

The  Yankees had three singles off Jake Diekman in the sixth, including an RBI hit  with two  outs by  Young. They  tacked  on four  runs in  the seventh  on Pirela's RBI double, Alex Rodriguez's two-run single and Teixeira's RBI hit.

Notes: Yankees  manager  Joe Girardi was ejected  by first base umpire Alan Porter in the  top of the third inning for arguing from the dugout about a checked swing call  ...  The Phillies placed  Chase Utley on  the 15-day disabled list after Tuesday's  win. The struggling second baseman had missed three of the previous
six  games with  right ankle inflammation ... Philadelphia starts a seven-game homestand  on  Friday against  Washington ...  New York, which  went 4-4 on an eight-game  homestand.  starts a seven-game road  trip on Thursday at AL West-leading Houston.

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