Ivan Nova delivered his best big league performance to date, tossing 7.1 innings of one-run ball as the Yankees topped the Rangers in the first game of this three game set, 4-1. Curtis Granderson crushed his ninth and tenth home runs of the year which accounted for three of the four Yankee runs. More impressively, Yankee pitchers held the dynamic Ranger lineup to only three hits. With the win, the Yankees snap their three game losing streak and improve to 18-12 on the season.

Super Nova Just Dealing

Recap

The story of the game was Ivan Nova. Super Nova was just dealing tonight, allowing only two hits and a walk over 7.1 innings. He was effectively mixing in his curve ball, keeping Ranger hitters off balance. Nova should thank his infield as he got 16 of his 22 outs via the ground ball. Tonight also marked the first time in Nova’s young career that he pitched into the eighth inning. Over Nova’s last three starts, he has given up only three earned runs and 13 hits over 20 innings. Nova is now 3-2 with a 4.09 ERA. Keep it going, Ivan.

Rafael Soriano came in relief of Nova with runners on first and second. After fanning Chris Davis, Julio Bourbon singled home run. Soriano was able to escape the inning by getting Ian Kinsler to flyout to right. Mariano Rivera came on in the ninth, tossing a perfect frameĀ en routeĀ to his 12th save. This was Mo’s first appearance since Monday night.

The Yankee offense only mustered five hits, but they made each of them count. Granderson’s first inning two-run bomb set the tone and his eighth inning solo shot gave the Yankees a 4-1 advantage.

Key Stats

49,089: The Rangers sold out tonight. Nova made sure that the fans had nothing to cheer about.

15 of 23: Since starting the season 9-1, the Rangers have lost 15 of 23 games.

Lou and Joe: Found out today that Lou Piniella will be at Old Timers Day this year. Same thing for Joe Torre, but we already knew that.

What’s Next?

Same two teams tomorrow night at the same time.

8:05 PM, YES: Bartolo Colon (2-1, 3.00 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (3-1, 4.66 ERA)

**In twelve career starts in Arlington, Colon is 7-3 with a 4.15 ERA