CLEVELAND (AP) ― There wasn’t enough time for the Yankees to tour the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame or do much else on their short layover before going home.
So during a quick stop in Cleveland, they went to Progressive Field and split a doubleheader that wasn’t on the schedule when the season started.
Vidal Nuno pitched five innings of three-hit ball to win his first major league start and Vernon Wells and Lyle Overbay drove in two runs apiece as the Yankees beat the Indians 7-0 in Monday’s second game.
After being blanked 1-0 on Justin Masterson’s four-hitter ― with three infield singles ― the Yankees were held to one run in the first six innings of the second game by Trevor Bauer (1-2) before rolling to their sixth win in seven games.
Pitching in just his second game for the Yankees, Nuno walked three and struck out three before handing a 1-0 lead to his bullpen. The former Cleveland draft pick became the only left-hander other than CC Sabathia or Andy Pettitte to start for New York since 2008.
“He did an unbelievable job, considering he hasn’t pitched in a while,” Girardi said of Nuno, who hadn’t pitched since making his big league debut on April 29. “He’s very poised out there. Nothing seems to bother him. He was ahead of hitters all day.”
Rookie Adam Warren finished the five-hitter for his first big league save as the Yankees improved to 23-10 since a 1-4 start.
Consecutive rainouts last month forced the teams back to Cleveland for the rare, one-admission twinbill. The Yankees detoured into Ohio on their way back from Kansas City, while the Indians returned home for one day from a trip to Detroit and Philadelphia.
Still missing some of their biggest stars, the Yankees went 6-2 on a three-city, eight-game swing through Colorado, Kansas City and Cleveland.
“This is a great road trip for us,” Girardi said.
Minnesota 10, Chicago White Sox 3
St. Louis 6, NY Mets 3
Milwaukee 5, Pittsburgh 1
Detroit 7, Houston 2
Chicago Cubs 9, Colorado 1
Oakland 5, Texas 1
Atlanta 10, Arizona 1
Washington 6, LA Dodgers 2
Kansas City 11, LA Angels 4