Yankees' starter Ivan Nova said before the game, "I just want to keep the line moving." Nova was referencing the last two Yankee wins, the complete game by Phil Hughes and the shutout last night by Andy Pettitte. Just keep the momentum going and don't break the streak.
Nova did more than that and then some throwing 105 pitches over eight innings allowing one run while striking out five with one walk. Nova had command of his fastball, curve ball and threw four one-two-three innings. After a lengthy Yankee bottom of the eighth, Nova came out and gave up back-to back triples in the ninth allowing the one Tampa run.
Nova's counterpart Alex Cobb also pitched well allowing only five hits, unfortunately four of them garnered RBIs. Mark Teixeira hit a home run in the second, Robinson Cano hit a line drive jack in the fourth, Nick Swisher doubled in a run in the bottom of the eighth and Eric Chavez doubled home Swisher knocking Cobb out of the game. The young right hander went seven innings walking one and striking out four.
Rafael Soriano entered the ninth with a runner on third and no outs. Soriano would get his seventh save of the season having Matt Joyce foul out to catcher Russell Martin, striking out Ben Zobrist and getting Hideki Matsui on a long fly to right to end the game.
The win puts New York into first place in the AL East.
Tomorrow the Bombers go for the sweep with CC Sabathia on the hill going against another lefty in David Price for the Rays. Game time will be 7:05 p.m. at the Stadium
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