Nick Swisher collected three hits, including a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday afternoon to help propel the New York Yankees past the visiting Baltimore Orioles, 8-3, in game one of a day-night doubleheader. Yankees starting pitcher Bartolo Colon (8-6) tossed five innings allowing just two earned runs and striking out six batters to collect the win, while third basemen Eric Chavez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a RBI.
After giving up two runs and losing an early 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, Swisher came to the plate with no outs and hit his 13th homer of the season, which drove in Robinson Cano, to right-center field to help the Yankees gain a 4-2 lead. New York increased it's lead to 8-2 with another run in the fourth and three-run fifth. From there, relief pitcher Corey Wade allowed just one run in three innings, while Boone Logan threw a scoreless ninth inning.
In the night cap, which begins at 7:05 p.m., Yankees rookie pitcher Ivan Nova (8-4) will match up against Baltimore's Zach Britton (6-7). Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson, who each did not play earlier in the day, are expected to be back in the lineup.
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|WP: Bartolo Colon (8 - 6)
LP: Chris Tillman (2 - 4)