Ivan Nova hadn’t lost a game on the road since June 20 of last year. According to Elias, all he needed tonight was a win or a no-decision to break Roy Oswalt’s record for the highest winning percentage ever through a pitcher’s first 50 career starts. But there was no history made tonight. In an ugly game of fielding and base-running mistakes, the Yankees and Nova lost to the Rays 7-4 at Tropicana Field. Russell Martin made two errors, each of which opened the door to a multi-run inning for the Rays. Robinson Cano extended his RBI streak to seven games, but also forgot how many outs there were in the first inning and got thrown out at the plate in the sixth. In the first four innings, the Yankees blew a three-run lead, went back in front by one, then watched Sean Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run homer. The Rays built breathing room with a two-run seventh. Nova allowed six runs — three earned — through six innings.
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