Alex Rodriguez connected for his seventh and eighth homers of the year, and Ivan Nova pitched the Yankees to a 6-2 victory, ending the team’s six-game losing streak.
Yankees 6, Rays 2
Win: Ivan Nova
Loss: James Shields
A-Rod tied the game at 1 in the fourth with his seventh homer, and then broke that tie in the sixth for his second homer off Shields.
Welcome Back, Jorge:
In Jorge Posada’s first start since Friday, he singled and doubled in three at-bats. He *raised* his batting average to .179.
When the Yankees extended their lead to five in the ninth, they opted to put Amauri Sanit on the mound instead of Mariano Rivera. Sanit allowed a double and walked a batter, forcing Joe Girardi to put Mo in for the final out.
Nova gets tonight’s honors, for doing what A.J. Burnett should’ve done last night: deliver a winning performance. It’s about time.