It wasn’t long ago that Ivan Nova seemed to be pitching for his job. Now he’s won three straight starts after an eight-inning masterpiece tonight in Cincinnati. Facing the highest-scoring offense in the National League, Nova allowed a first-inning run, then settled in for a 5-3 win. Before a two-out single in the eighth, he had retired 22 of the previous 24 batters he’d faced. He walked none, struck out seven and got 14 ground ball outs. The Yankees gave him a quick lead with a four-run first inning when four straight Yankees had RBI at-bats. The Reds scored two runs in the ninth, after Luis Ayala and Boone Logan put runners on base and forced the Yankees to go to closer Mariano Rivera.
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