The Yankees’ offense finally got moving in the top of the third. Eric Chavez singled to center and Brett Gardner worked a walk as Curtis Granderson drove a homer over the wall in right for the first Yankee lead of the day. J.J. Hardy doubled to left in the bottom of the inning and scored on a sac fly from Adam Jones, tying the game at 3-3.
The game stayed tied until the sixth, when the Bombers showed off their power. Mark Teixeira singled and Robinson Cano followed with a homer to left, putting the Yankees out in front again. Nick Swisher then drove a homer to left, as the back-to-back bombs chased Brian Matusz from the game. That did little to quiet New York, however, as Andruw Jones greeted Chris Jakubauskas with the Yankees’ third straight home run for a 7-3 lead. Granderson added another solo shot in the top of the seventh and New York took an 8-3 win.
Eduardo Nunez: Nunez went 0-4 with a strikeout and two runners left on base.
Brett Gardner: Gardy went 0-4 with a run scored, a walk and a strikeout. Just as I was ready to sing praises to Gardner, he’s gone a bit cold. He’s hitting .247 in August and just .103 over his last ten games.
Ivan Nova: Nova started a little slow, but never let the game get out of hand and managed to put together a solid outing. He went seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out seven.
David Robertson: When he came into the game with two on and two out in the eighth, Robertson immediately gave up a single to load the bases. He then struck out the side, escaping the inning with the Yankees’ lead intact.
In the On Deck Circle:
The Yankees will wrap up their series against the Orioles on Monday, as Freddy Garcia picks up the ball for the Yankees. It will be his first start since going to the DL with a cut on his finger. Before going down, Garcia had pitched well, going 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in four starts. Alfredo Simon will go to the mound for Baltimore. He had his best start of the season, going eight innings and giving up just one run to Minnesota. He’s only thrown eight innings against the Yankees in his career, going 0-1 with a 5.63 ERA. First pitch is at 7:05pm in Baltimore.