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Nuno, Yankees shut out Red Sox in series opener

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NEW YORK -- After losing his way in two horrid starts, Vidal Nuno was right on target against the Boston Red Sox.

Nuno rebounded nicely from losses to Baltimore and Oakland to pitch two-hit ball into the sixth inning Friday night, Kelly Johnson and Brett Gardner hit consecutive homers, and the New York Yankees beat Boston 6-0 in the opener of a series between struggling powers.

"He really answered the bell tonight," Yankees catcher Brian McCann said. "He came out and established the strike zone, established what he wanted to do and got big outs after big outs."

McCann added a two-run homer for New York, which has won six of the eight meetings with Boston this season.

In his first at-bat as a 40-year-old, Derek Jeter fisted a single to right field with one out in the first. His birthday was on Thursday, the Yankees' final day off before playing 17 straight going into the All-Star break.

Jeter went to third on Jacoby Ellsbury's double and scored on Mark Teixeira's sacrifice fly off Brandon Workman (1-1) for the early lead. The Yankees captain also singled in the fourth for hit No. 3,390 and went 2 for 4 in New York's second straight win following four losses.

The Red Sox have been playing even worse, scoring three runs or fewer for the 11th time in 13 games and losing for the sixth time in eight games. Fourth in the rugged AL East, Boston trails the third-place Yankees by six games.

"Again, the base hit with the guy in scoring position has been elusive," manager John Farrell said of the Red Sox, who were 0 for 4 with runners in scoring position.

New York manager Joe Girardi could have skipped the struggling Nuno (2-4) and given the ball to rookie ace Masahiro Tanaka because of the extra day of rest but, in a feisty pregame Q&A with media, Girardi insisted he was interested in protecting his entire staff, not just the Japanese sensation.

Nuno rewarded Girardi with 5 2-3 impressive innings after he gave up a total of 13 runs in 9 1-3 innings in losses to the A's and Orioles. He yielded a leadoff single to Jonny Gomes in the second and a one-out double in the third to Brock Holt. Nuno then retired 10 straight before walking David Ortiz, his last batter.

"I've had confidence in him but we're in a situation where these are the five guys that we have," Girardi said. "He's pitched some good games for us. ... He seems to always bounce back and give us a good outing."

Nuno said he was overstriding, trying to find more power, and that elevated his pitches. He worked more comfortably and quickly Friday in his best start this season.

"Leaving balls up in the zone was the key to making mistakes," said Nuno, who has given up 15 homers this season.

Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Matt Thornton finished the three-hitter.

Holt possibly saved a run in the second when he made a leaping catch above the wall on Brian Roberts' fly to right field. But he could only watch as Johnson's two-run homer in the fourth went deep into the bleachers in right field, his first home run in 85 at-bats.

Gardner connected six pitches later, giving New York a 4-0 lead.

"It was a good feeling," Johnson said, "to drive a ball like that but also to give us some more breathing room."

Workman was otherwise solid, allowing seven hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five.

"Little bit of a grind the whole time," Workman said. "I was constantly pitching with guys on and stuff like that."

McCann golfed a drive into the second deck in right off Craig Breslow in the eighth.

Notes

Red Sox SS Stephen Drew snapped an 0-for-29 skid with a double in the seventh. ... Farrell said LHP Felix Dubront is being bumped to the bullpen. Dubront was not happy. "I have to stay positive and do my work," Dubront said. ... Boston OF Shane Victorino (strained right hamstring) and 3B Will Middlebrooks (broken finger) had setbacks in their rehabs. Both have stopped baseball activities and there are no timetables for their return. ... Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (right knee) will make his first rehab start Saturday for Class-A Tampa. Sabathia has been out since May 11 with degenerative cartilage problem in his knee. He will likely need to make two more rehab starts. ... The Yankees rainout June 9 at Kansas City will be made up on Aug. 25 at 7:10 p.m. ... Up next: a matchup of aces. Boston LHP Jon Lester (8-7) vs. Tanaka (11-2).

 
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Derek Jeter collects a pair of hits, and the Yankees get a strong outing from Vidal Nuno.  (USATSI)
Derek Jeter collects a pair of hits, and the Yankees get a strong outing from Vidal Nuno. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

V. Nuno
IP 5.2
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
New York

B. McCann
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brock Holt, RF3010110 .323
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4000012 .262
David Ortiz, DH3000112 .254
Mike Napoli, 1B3000131 .274
Jonny Gomes, LF2010000 .235
   a-Daniel Nava, PH-LF2000002 .223
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000001 .250
Xander Bogaerts, 3B3000021 .254
Stephen Drew, SS3010001 .135
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF3000011 .209
Brandon Workman, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
Totals3003039  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Gomes in the 6th
Batting
2B - Brock Holt (14, Nuno), Stephen Drew (3, Betances)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Brandon Workman (L,1-1) 7744252 3.27
Craig Breslow 1222001 4.39
Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Workman 108-76, Craig Breslow 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Workman 6-10, Craig Breslow 2-1
Batters Faced - Brandon Workman 30, Craig Breslow 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF3111010 .287
Derek Jeter, SS4120000 .271
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3010100 .286
Mark Teixeira, 1B3121013 .248
Carlos Beltran, DH4000016 .213
Brian McCann, C4222001 .227
Brian Roberts, 2B4000001 .236
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000011 .300
Kelly Johnson, 3B2112110 .229
Vidal Nuno, P0000000 .000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000 .000
   Adam Warren, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
Totals3169625  
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (17, Workman)
HR - Brett Gardner (7, Workman), Brian McCann (9, Breslow), Kelly Johnson (5, Workman)
SF - Mark Teixeira (3)
SH - Brett Gardner (5)
RBI - Brett Gardner (29), Mark Teixeira (40), Brian McCann 2 (36), Kelly Johnson 2 (19)
2-OUT RBI - Brett Gardner (10), Kelly Johnson 2 (11)
Team LOB - 5
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vidal Nuno (W,2-4) 5.2200250 5.42
Dellin Betances 1.1100120 1.39
Adam Warren 1000010 2.79
Matt Thornton 1000010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 91-57, Dellin Betances 23-14, Adam Warren 10-7, Matt Thornton 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 4-8, Dellin Betances 1-1, Matt Thornton 2-0
Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 21, Dellin Betances 6, Adam Warren 3, Matt Thornton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48522
Game Time - 2:42
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Mike Winters, First Base - Andy Fletcher, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Chris Segal