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Nova Keeps Yanks Playoff Hopes Intact in Defeat Over Giants

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- The math for the Yankees has been compounded into a simple formula: win and you’re in the playoffs, lose and your sofa looks mighty comfortable come October.

The numbers added up nicely for the Bombers on Saturday afternoon however, as the Yankees took their second straight game over the visiting San Francisco Giants for a 6-0 win behind Ivan Nova’s second career complete-game shutout.

“Outstanding sinker, outstanding slider,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi on Nova’s pitching, adding, “The sinker has really helped him manage innings.”

Nova went the full nine innings to improve his record to 9-5 on the season, giving up six hits mixed with seven strikeouts while walking just one batter.

Nova now joins Hiroki Kuroda [2012] and Mike Mussina  [two in 2005, two in 2002 and three in 2001] as the only Yankees with multiple complete-game shutouts in a single season going back to 1999.

“Pounding the zone, lots of strikes, good curveball,” Stewart noted on Nova’s performance. “He was able to throw his curveball for strikes. Got to respect that. When he throws one in the dirt, maybe they chase.”

The Pinstripes took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of third inning to get on the scoreboard first.

Yankees’ first baseman Mark Reynolds scored from third on a sacrifice-fly RBI by Ichiro Suzuki for the first run of the game, while shortstop Brendan Ryan [who moved Reynolds to third on a hit-and-run] scored from third base on an Alex Rodriguez ground-out RBI one batter later that gave the Yankees a 2-0 advantage.

Robinson Cano finished the scoring for the inning by driving in catcher Chris Stewart from third on an RBI single to left-center field, 3-0 New York.

“It was upsetting for me from a mental standpoint. I didn’t have a good mental game,” said San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong. “On the hit and run, I knew they were going to send the runner there and the cutter away but it ran up a bit. If that ball is where I want it to be it’s a ground-ball.”

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Eduardo Nunez put the Yankees on top 5-0 with a two-run shot to left-field off Vogelsong for his first home run at Yankee Stadium this season and his first in more than a month.

The hot hitting Alfonso Soriano hit his second home run in as many days, with a first-pitch, lead-off home run in the bottom of the sixth inning for the final score of 6-0, against San Francisco relief pitcher Guillermo Moscoso.

“Yeah, if we play like we did today, and last night, we can win the last seven games,” said an upbeat Soriano.

The home run was Soriano’s 17th as a Yankee and 34th on the season, while the RBI collected on the sixth inning homer gives Soriano 50 RBIs with the Yankees this year. Having previously garnered 51 RBIs over the first half of the season with the Chicago Cubs, Soriano is now the fifth player in Major League history to drive in 50-or-more runs for each of two different teams in one season according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Vogelsong picked up the loss, dropping his record to 3-6, surrendering five earned runs on five hits in five innings pitched to remain win-less over his last five starts since August 31st.

Topping the Giants ensured that playoffs or not, the Yankees have now clinched their 21st straight winning season [1993-3013], the second longest such stretch in Major League history behind the team’s mark of 39 consecutive winning seasons of 1926-1964.

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