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Yankees Beat Angels as Ivan Nova Wins 14th Straight Decision

April 16, 2012

The New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Angels 11-5 as pitcher Ivan Nova won his 14th consecutive decision dating back to last season and Derek Jeter slugged a three-run home run.

Raul Ibanez added a home run and drove in three runs as the Yankees won two of three games in the series at New York’s Yankee Stadium. The Yankees’ run total was a season-high and they’ve won five of six games since starting 0-3.

Nova allowed four runs over six innings, with eight strikeouts, and hasn’t lost in the regular season since June 3 of last season against the Angels. He won his final 12 decisions last season and has a 2-0 record this year, matching the second- longest streak by a Yankees’ pitcher since 1920. Roger Clemens won 16 decisions in a row in 2001.

While Jeter hit his second home run of the Major League Baseball season to help the Yankees open an 8-1 lead after four innings, Albert Pujols remains without a homer through his first nine games with the Angels, his longest drought to start a season. Pujols, who joined the Angels with a 10-year, $240 million contract during the offseason, went 1-for-5 with a run- scoring single yesterday.

The Philadelphia Phillies avoided a three-game sweep at home by beating the New York Mets 8-2 behind four runs batted in by Ty Wigginton. It was highest-scoring game this season for the five-time National League Eastern Division champions, who had averaged 2.5 runs in their first eight games.

The Phillies, who scored two runs in the seventh inning and five in the eighth, improved to 4-5 while the Mets dropped to 6- 3 after beginning the season with four straight wins.

Cole Hamels (1-1) got the win for the Phillies after allowing two runs on six hits and striking out 10 in seven innings.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net


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