The New York Yankees were able to avoid losing their first home series of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday afternoon.
Curtis Granderson delivered the big hit for the Yankees with a three-run homer in the fifth inning off of losing pitcher Jesse Litsch. Since August 14th of last season, Granderson has 22 home runs, third most in the majors behind Jose Bautista (27) and Troy Tulowitzki (23).
Making his season debut behind the plate, Francisco Cervelli started the scoring off for the home team in the fifth with an RBI groundout that set the stage for the three-run round trip. Cervelli also made his presence felt behind the plate, gunning down speedster Rajai Davis trying to steal in the fifth.
Davis still had a productive day for Toronto. He single handedly created a run in the 3rd inning. He walked, stole second and third, before scoring on a ground out. Davis has already picked up five stolen bases in his three games back from the disabled list.
The five runs scored by Granderson and the New York offense was more than enough for Ivan Nova, who tied his career high by going six and a third innings for his second victory of the season.
David Robertson, Boone Logan, Rafael Soriano and Mariano Rivera put the Blue Jays down quietly over the final two and two thirds to seal the win.
New York is right back at it Monday night on the road against the Detroit Tigers.
|Final - 5.1.2011||1||2||3||4||5||6||7||8||9||R||H||E|
|Toronto Blue Jays||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||6||0|
|New York Yankees||1||0||0||0||4||0||0||0||X||5||6||0|
|WP: Ivan Nova (2 - 2)
SV: Mariano Rivera (10)
LP: Jesse Litsch (2 - 2)