KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Ivan Nova pitched two-hit ball while working into the seventh inning for the first time this spring, and the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 7-0 Wednesday.
Nova didn’t walk a batter and didn’t allow a runner past second base. He said he felt like he could have kept going until he was pulled after allowing a double to Ryan Doumit.
“I expected to pitch six, but not into the seventh,” Nova said. “I left feeling strong. This was a good day. I felt really comfortable.”
Nova struck out five in 6 1-3 innings and lowered his ERA to 3.66 in his fifth start.
Carlos Beltran had three hits and drove in two runs and Adonis Garcia raised his spring batting average to .423 with two RBIs.
David Hale went 4 1-3 innings, allowing three runs and walking three. With injuries to several starters, Hale is in the mix for one of the final two spots in the rotation. He has a spring ERA of 5.11.
Rays 7, Orioles 4
SARASOTA, Fla. — Wil Myers, Sean Rodriguez and Jayson Nix homered, and the Tampa Bay Rays scored six runs on 10 hits against Wei-Yin Chin in a victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Myers opened the game with a drive to center and Rodriguez hit a two-run shot in the third. Both home runs came against Chen, who lasted only 3 2-3 innings.
Nix connected off South Korean right-hander Suk-Min Yoon, who gave up two hits over two innings in his second appearance. He was sent to the team’s minor league camp after the game.
Chen gave up three runs and nine hits over nine innings in his first three starts before struggling against the Rays, who finished with 14 hits after getting 20 on Tuesday night against Minnesota.
Cardinals 3, Twins 1
JUPITER, Fla. — St. Louis’ Carlos Martinez and Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson each enhanced their chances of earning a spot in their team’s rotation with solid outings, and the Cardinals beat the Twins.
Martinez cruised into the fifth, holding the Twins to one hit, but Jason Bartlett had an RBI single to right-center in the sixth that ended the right-hander’s scoreless string at 14 innings.
For Bartlett, the hit was his first of the spring in 27 at-bats.
Making his fourth appearance — second start — Gibson limited the Cardinals to Matt Adams’ second homer of spring training in 4 1-3 innings. Gibson allowed four hits.
Blue Jays 11, Phillies 6
DUNEDIN, Fla. — J.A. Happ gave up three runs, three hits and four walks over 2 2-3 innings, but Jose Bautista bailed him out, hitting two homers to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Bautista hit a two-run homer off starter Roberto Hernandez during a four-run third and a two-run shot against Brad Lincoln in the sixth.
Happ, slowed by back inflammation, struck out two during a 71-pitch outing in his first big league spring training start since March 3. The left-hander gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in three scoreless innings in a minor league game Friday.
Ben Revere hit a three-run double off Happ in the second.
Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched a perfect fifth. In his previous four appearances, he allowed seven runs — two earned — and eight hits in four innings.
Brewers 9, Mariners 7
PEORIA, Ariz. — Mark Reynolds homered for the second straight day, one of five Milwaukee Brewers to connect in a victory over the Seattle Mariners, who got Robinson Cano back after a five-day absence.
Cano left the team late last week to attend to personal business in the Dominican Republic, and went 1 for 4 with two RBIs. Cano has a hit in nine of 10 spring training games and is batting .556.
Starting pitcher Wily Peralta hit a two-run drive and Logan Schafer, Khris Davis and Juan Francisco also hit solo shots for Milwaukee. Reynolds and Francisco hit theirs back-to-back in the fourth inning against Mariners starter Blake Beavan.
Beavan and Peralta had their struggles on the mound. Beavan allowed seven runs on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, his longest and least effective outing of spring training. Peralta gave up five runs on eight hits in his fourth spring training start, working six innings.
Athletics 13, Indians 3
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Sam Fuld scored two runs on two singles and a walk, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Cleveland Indians.
The center fielder has scored 13 runs in 12 games as the A’s leadoff hitter.
Yoenis Cespedes, who snapped an 0 for 23 slump Monday, drove in a run in Oakland’s two-run fifth inning against Carlos Carrasco, who is trying to earn the final opening in the Indians’ rotation.
Carrasco followed starter Danny Salazar and inherited a 3-0 lead. Carrasco gave up eight runs — five earned — in 2 2-3 innings.
Top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor doubled and scored in the third and contributed a run scoring single as the Indians built a 3-0 lead against A’s starter Dan Straily.
Angels 14, White Sox 10
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Albert Pujols doubled twice, Mike Trout hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Angles beat the Chicago White Sox.
Jordan Danks hit his fifth homer of spring training for the White Sox. Matt Davidson hit a three-run shot and Adam Eaton doubled twice to raise his average to .343.
Tyler Skaggs, the Angels’ likely No. 5 starter, gave up five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.
White Sox pitcher Erik Johnson, a contender for a rotation spot, gave up eight runs — seven earned — in four innings.
Howie Kendrick went 3 for 3 for the Angels to raise his average to .441 and Kole Calhoun had two hits and made a great catch at the right field fence to stop a White Sox rally in the fifth.