MLB Game Summary - NY Yankees at Atlanta|
(Monday, June 11th)
Final Score: NY Yankees 3, Atlanta 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Alex Rodriguez doubled and scored twice, Raul
Ibanez homered and Ivan Nova won his fourth straight start while leading the
New York Yankees over the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, on Monday.
Nova (8-2) gave up just five hits and a walk while striking out six over seven
innings in the opener of the three-game interleague series.
Robinson Cano had two hits and an RBI for the Yankees, who were coming off a
three-game sweep of the Mets and have won seven of their last eight and 14 of
"We've been playing some great ball," said Yankees right fielder Nick Swisher,
who saved a potential two-run homer with a leaping grab at the wall. "We're
having a blast. We're getting great pitching, getting timely hitting, and like
I said we're just having a blast right now.
"I think we're starting to warm up a little bit now. We're just trying to get
all the guys rocking and rolling at the same time and I feel like with this
lineup, when that happens, it's going to be a lot of fun."
Braves starter Randall Delgado (4-6) allowed three runs on five hits and six
walks in five innings to take the loss, Atlanta's second in a row after a six-
game winning streak.
Nova got double plays in the first and third innings to erase singles and
didn't allow a runner past second base.
Swisher jumped at the wall to catch a long fly ball by Brian McCann in the
fourth inning that may have been a two-run homer.
"Close game all night," said Braves reliever Cory Gearrin, who pitched the
sixth and seventh. "The ball takes a hop one way or the other, we've got a tie
"[McCann] obviously got into that ball tonight. The wind was blowing. A hair
more, that's a two-run homer."
Nova, who has gotten plenty of run support this season, turned in his second
strong performance in a row after giving up one run in eight innings against
Tampa Bay last Wednesday.
He had allowed 31 runs in his previous seven starts, but Monday trimmed his
ERA from 5.09 to 4.64 for the season.
Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada combined for a 1-2-3 eighth inning and Cory Wade
and Boone Logan pitched a perfect ninth.
Meanwhile, the Yankees scored a run in each of the first three innings.
Rodriguez hit a two-out double in the first and scored on Cano's single to
center while Ibanez led off the second with a homer to right, his 10th of the
In the third, Rodriguez walked with one out, went to third on Cano's double
and scored later on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
It gave Rodriguez 1,858 career runs, one shy of tying Mel Ott for 11th place
on the all-time list.
This is the first series between the teams since the Yankees took two of three
at Atlanta from June 23-25, 2009...The teams will play three games at Yankee
Stadium from June 18-20...The Yankees started a six-game road trip...The
Braves are 2-2 on a nine-game homestand.
06/11 23:16:27 ET