Nova snaps skid as Yankees beat Blue Jays 5-2
Ivan Nova snapped a five-start winless streak, Casey McGehee hit a three-run home run and the New York Yankees won their fourth straight game Saturday, beating the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2.
Derek Jeter had two hits, boosting his AL-leading total to 150 and joining Hank Aaron as the only players to record 17 straight seasons with at least 150 hits.
Rajai Davis had two hits and scored twice but it wasn’t enough as slumping Toronto suffered its fifth consecutive defeat and its 11th loss in 13 games.
Nova came in 0-3 with an 8.36 ERA in five starts since winning at Boston on July 8, but was sharp against an injury-depleted Blue Jays lineup, setting down the first nine batters in order before Davis singled to open the fourth.
Davis took second on a balk and scored on a one-out single by Edwin Encarnacion. A hit batter put Blue Jays at first and second, but Nova escaped further damage by fanning David Cooper and getting Moises Sierra to ground out.
Nova (11-6) allowed two runs and five hits in 7 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out 10.
David Robertson replaced Nova after Edwin Encarnacion’s RBI single in the eighth and got pinch hitter Omar Vizquel to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Rafael Soriano closed it out in the ninth for his 28th save in 30 chances.
New York managed just Jeter’s infield single in the first three innings against Blue Jays left-hander Aaron Laffey, but broke through with a four-run fourth, highlighted by McGehee’s first home run as a Yankee.
Mark Teixeira scored from second on Jayson Nix’s single to left and McGehee followed with a drive into the second deck in left-center. McGehee hit eight home runs with Pittsburgh before being traded to New York last month.
The Yankees tacked on one more in the sixth when McGehee hit a one-out double and scored on Jeter’s ground-rule double to right-center.
Laffey (3-3) had won three of his previous five starts but gave up five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked a season-high four and struck out two.
Plate umpire and crew chief Jim Joyce warned Nova and both benches after Escobar was hit on the left elbow by a pitch in the sixth, the second straight at-bat he was hit. New York’s Curtis Granderson was hit by a pitch from Laffey in the second.
Escobar, who suffered a sore left elbow, remained in the game to play defense for the next two innings but was replaced by Vizquel when his spot came up again in the eighth.
NOTES: Blue Jays OF Colby Rasmus was held out of the starting lineup after leaving Friday’s game with tightness in his right groin. … New York OF Ichiro Suzuki was held out of the starting lineup but came on defensively in the ninth. … Attendance was 45,582, Toronto’s third sellout of the season.