New York Yankees starting pitcher Ivan Nova tossed his third career complete game and second career shutout Saturday afternoon in a 6-0 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Nova and Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong threw two scoreless innings before Vogelsong loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki connected with an RBI sacrifice fly and designated hitter Alex Rodriguez grounded out to score another run. Second baseman Robinson Cano extended the Yankees lead to 3-0 with an RBI single.
The Yankees increased their lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fourth on a two-run homer by third baseman Eduardo Nunez. Left fielder Alfonso Soriano led off the bottom of the sixth with a solo homer to make it a 6-0 game. Nova was too much for the Giants in the 6-0 win as the Yankees captured the first two games of this series.
Vogelsong took the loss (3-6) going five innings, allowing five hits, five runs, one walk, one strikeout and threw 75 pitches. Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval each led the Giants with two hits on the day. The Giants were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base, while failing to get a runner past second base all day.
The Giants were shutout for the 11th time on the season and sixth on the road.
The 71-84 Giants will look to avoid the three-game sweep Sunday morning as Yusmeiro Petit (4-0) takes on Andy Pettitte (10-10). First pitch is scheduled for 10:05 am.
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