Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Ivan Nova had been the benefactor of great run support over his first 10 starts this season.
He took matters into his own hands on Wednesday night in the Bronx.
Nova pitched eight-plus solid frames in New York's 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium.
The young right-hander's record had been aided by the Yankee bats, but he needed little help in this game. Nova (7-2) yielded just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out five. He entered the ninth with his first career shutout in sight, but back-to-back triples ended his night. Rafael Soriano stabilized the situation, retiring all three batters he faced, finishing with former Yankee Hideki Matsui to cap off his eighth save.
Robinson Cano and Mark Teixeira hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who have won three straight and five of six overall.
Alex Cobb (2-3) pitched well before tiring in the eighth, giving up four runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over seven-plus frames. Desmond Jennings finished with two hits in the loss, Tampa's third in four games.
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