It seems that nothing can stop Ivan Nova’s win streak. Not wind. Not cold. Not Justin Verlander. And certainly not a parade of baserunners. The young right-hander surrendered 14 of them in 5 1/3 innings tonight and left in line for the loss. But the offense rallied against Justin Verlander and the Tiger bullpen to give the Yankees a 7-6 win tonight at the Stadium.
Alex Rodriguez and Russell Martin each hit home runs. With Rodriguez up and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Alex Avila allowed a passed ball on a 2-0 pitch that allowed Derek Jeter to score the winning run. Jeter had walked and moved to third on a wild pitch on ball four to Curtis Granderson.
The Yanks kept Verlander, the reigning AL Cy Young and MVP, winless in their park. He’s now just 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA in five starts here after allowing four earned runs over six innings.
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