The New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays, 5-3, on Saturday, thanks to six solid innings from Ivan Nova and back-to-back home runs from Curtis Granderson and Eduardo Nunez in the second inning.
Nova (12-7, 4.85 ERA) allowed two earned runs in his six innings of work, striking out eight Tampa Bay batters while allowing just four hits and two walks. James Shields (14-9, 3.77 ERA) took the loss for the Rays after giving up four runs in his 6 1/3 innings.
The win momentarily puts New York back in first place in the American League East, half a game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles. Baltimore plays on the west coast on Saturday night, against the Oakland Athletics.
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