This is a big part of Curtis Granderson’s job for the next two months, to make sure great pitching performances aren’t squandered by a lineup unable to produce any offense. That’s exactly what he did tonight. While Ivan Nova was tossing another gem, Granderson hit a two-run home run that stood as the game-winner in the Yankees a 3-0 win against the Padres at Petco Field. It was Granderson’s first hit since returning from a broken hand, and it was one of only five Yankees hits in the game. But it was enough. It was enough because Nova continued his resurgence with seven scoreless innings. He pitched out of his biggest jam in the second inning when he began a streak of 15 in a row retired. He’s pitched at least seven innings without allowing more than three runs in each of his past five starts. Granderson later singled and scored in the ninth. Mariano Rivera got his 35th save.
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