The Yankees have first place all to themselves. On a rough night for Ivan Nova, the lineup picked up the slack and carried the team to a 9-7 win against the Royals. Boston split a doubleheader, giving the Yankees sole possession of the division lead. Robinson Cano delivered the big blow, capping a 12-pitch at-bat with a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the fourth. Cano, Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner combined for six hits, six RBI and five runs. Nova allowed seven runs on nine hits through 5.1 innings, but still extended his winning streak to five straight starts. The Yankees bullpen was tremendous, delivering 3.2 hitless innings.
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