This is exactly what the doctor ordered, a complete game victory by a New York Yankee starting pitcher.
Nova gave up only three hits, one walk striking out five for his first career shutout. Ivan was mixing his pitches well between the devastating curveball and fastball keeping the Orioles off balance all afternoon.
Robinson Cano provided the entire Yankee offense doubling in Brett Gardner in the first giving New York the 1-0 lead. Cano then hit his 25 home run of the season in the bottom of the eighth giving enough cushion to allow Nova to come back out in the ninth.
Baltimore pitcher RHP Scott Feldman also was impressive going seven innings allowing the one run on six hits striking out five and walking only one.
Nova struck out AL home run leader Chris Davis twice and got him to pop out to right with a man on in the ninth.
The complete game gave the bullpen some rest considering the Yankees will be playing for 17 straight days without a day off during this stretch.
The victory moves New York one-half game ahead of the Orioles in the Wild Card standings. If the Cleveland Indians lose tonight to the Detroit Tigers the Yankees will sole possession of third place in the standings for the final two playoff spots.
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