PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh’s Ivan Nova gained a measure of revenge over his previous workforce, limiting the New York Yankees to only 4 hits over seven innings because the Pirates held on for a 2-1 victory on Sunday.
Nova (2-2) struck out a season-excessive seven and walked only one, his lone mistake a solo residence run by Jacoby Ellsbury within the seventh. Tony Watson picked up his sixth save after understanding of a bases loaded, one-out jam within the ninth.
Andrew McCutchen reached base twice and scored on a double by Gregory Polanco off Jordan Montgomery (1-1). David Freese added a sacrifice fly for Pittsburgh, which gained regardless of going simply 1 for 10 with runners in scoring place.
Ellsbury’s second house run of the season was New York’s solely additional-base hit. Montgomery struck out 5 and walked two in his fourth profession begin. The Yankees fell to three-6 on the street this season.
Nova spent six-plus seasons with the Yankees, going a good fifty three-39 whilst his ERA rose steadily over his remaining three years in pinstripes. The Yankees despatched him to Pittsburgh on the commerce deadline final summer time, and the 30-yr-previous has revitalized his profession with the Pirates.
The best-hander parlayed his late season success into a 3-yr deal to stay in Pittsburgh and he spent the higher a part of seven innings showcasing why he’s thrived in Pittsburgh.
Nova labored shortly, needing simply 86 pitches to get 21 outs to enhance to 7-four with a 2.seventy six ERA since becoming a member of the Pirates. He stored the Yankees with no hit till consecutive one-out singles within the fourth. A double play shortly ended the menace.
Montgomery, who gained his first recreation within the majors in his final begin, loaded the bases within the first however the Pirates solely managed Freese’s sacrifice fly.
Pittsburgh doubled its lead within the fourth when McCutchen scored from first on Polanco’s double to the proper-area wall. McCutchen blew by way of third base coach Joey Cora’s cease signal however nonetheless simply beat the throw residence.
That was sufficient for Nova and Pittsburgh’s bullpen. Barely.
The Yankees put the tying run on third within the eighth earlier than Daniel Hudson struck out Starlin Castro to finish a 9-pitch at bat.
New York threatened once more within the ninth, loading the bases with one out when second baseman Josh Harrison misplayed a possible double-play floor ball.
Watson struck out Aaron Hicks then obtained Pete Kozma to floor right into a pressure out to finish it.
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