Robinson Cano provided the big blow with a three-run bomb in the fourth, as the Yankees defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in their first interleague game of the season on Tuesday. Cano had come up in a similar situation two innings earlier and was intentionally walked, but he made Arizona pay for letting him hit his next time up with his fourth homer of the season. The Yankees added an insurance run in the seventh on a sac fly from Eduardo Nunez, who returned to the lineup on Tuesday after missing two games with a bruised wrist.
Ivan Nova picked up his first win of the season for the Yankees despite only making it through five innings. He was more effective than he was in his first start, limiting the damage when he got into trouble. Nova showed some swing-and-miss stuff, finishing with six strikeouts, but Joe Girardi pulled him after the fifth with his pitch count at 94.
The Yankees have now won six of their last seven after starting 1-4.
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