The New York Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics Friday night, winning by a score of 6-3. Ivan Nova pitched seven innings for the Yankees, giving up three runs on six hits. The Yankee offense was there to back him up, including three home runs en route to the victory.
Things were scoreless until the third, when Curtis Granderson started things off with a single. Robinson Cano reached second on an error by Coco Crisp, scoring Granderson, and Mark Teixeira followed that with a two RBI home run. Cano pitched in again in the fifth, leading off with a solo home run, and a home run by Nick Swisher netted him a pair of RBI after Raul Ibanez reached on a double to deep center. Oakland's offense came on a solo home runs by Josh Reddick and Kila Ka'aihue, along with a sacrifice fly by Kurt Suzuki.
"It was nice for a starting pitcher to get a lead and just be able to go to work," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We had hits all over the place tonight. We know we're capable of scoring runs in bunches."
Nova (5-2) got the win for the Yankees. Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth inning to earn his fourth save.
With the win the Yankees improve to 24-21. Game two of the three game series is Saturday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET.
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Yankees lead the series 1-0
WP: Ivan Nova (5 - 2)
SV: Rafael Soriano
LP: Tyson Ross (2 - 5)
|6 - 3 win|
|Sun 05/27||4:05 PM EDT|