By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ Ivan Nova stifled the Phillies on three hits over 6 2-3 scoreless innings in his first major league appearance in 14 months, leading the New York Yankees over Philadelphia and Cole Hamels 10-2 on Wednesday.
A 28-year-old right-hander, Nova returned to a big league mound for the first time since April 19, 2014. He had Tommy John surgery 10 days later and the Yankees, seeking to stabilize an erratic rotation, activated him after just three minor league rehab outings.
With a fastball that reached 95 mph, Nova walked two and struck out one. He threw 51 of 92 pitches for strikes and retired 11 batters on flyouts, including eight to center fielder Brett Gardner.
Nova waved his cap and pointed it toward fans as he walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd of 45,877 on a sunny afternoon.
He followed poor outings by Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia, who all failed to reach the sixth inning during defeats. Nova’s return could mean Adam Warren will eventually be dropped from the rotation, which began the day 23rd among the 30 teams in ERA.
Hamels, who missed his previous turn because of a strained right hamstring, allowed five runs, eight hits and three walks in five innings. Signed at $22.5 million a season through 2018, Hamels is among the veterans the last-place Phillies may trade by the end of July.
He was hurt by his defense, with third baseman Andres Blanco making a bad throw to the plate in New York’s two-run second. Blanco then allowed Chase Headley’s broken-bat grounder to glance off his glove for an RBI double in a three-run fourth that started with shortstop Freddy Galvis losing a popup in the sun.
Philadelphia has failed to score while Hamels has been in the game in seven of 15 starts this year and has been shut out in 32 of his last 33 innings. The Phillies were blanked until scoring in the ninth against Diego Moreno.
Hamels got in trouble in the second when Chris Young singled and John Ryan Murphy walked. Didi Gregorius hit a chopper off the plate, and catcher Carlos Ruiz, after waiting for the ball to drop, threw it late to first as Gregorius reached on an infield hit that loaded the bases.
With the infield in, Jose Pirela hit a two-hopper to Blanco, who grabbed the ball with his bare hand and then bounced a one-hop throw off Ruiz’s mitt as two runs scored, one on the error.
New York made it 5-0 in the fourth after Galvis allowed Gregorius’ popup to drop for a double. Pirela walked, Gardner singled in a run and Headley’s grounder over third base went down the left-field line.
Mark Teixeira, back in the lineup after missing two games with neck stiffness that required an injection of painkiller, followed with a run-scoring single, the second of his three hits.
Alex Rodriguez added a two-run single in the seventh off Justin De Fratus, moving past Al Kaline for sole possession of 27th place with his 3,008th hit. A-Rod has 44 RBIs this year in his return from a season-long drug suspension.
Both benches were warned by plate umpire Brian O’Nora after Hamels hit Rodriguez on the thigh with a first-inning pitch. Phillies rookie slugger Maikel Franco was plunked by Justin Wilson in the seventh inning Tuesday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi was ejected following a checked swing in the third by Franco, who had 10 RBIs in the first two games of the series. Girardi was tossed for arguing from the dugout, then came onto the field to argue with first base umpire Alan Porter. It was Girardi’s second ejection this season and 24th as Yankees manager.
Yankees: LHP Andrew Miller, sidelined since June 9 because of a strained forearm, threw 25 times from 60 feet on flat ground, his first action since the injury. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said if Miller doesn’t have any setbacks, the earliest the closer could return would be just before the All-Star break.
Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang (4-9) starts a series opener Friday against Washington and RHP Max Scherzer (8-5), who pitched a no-hitter against Pittsburgh last weekend.
Yankees: Pushed back a day to make room for Nova, Warren (5-4) starts a series opener at AL West-leading Houston against LHP Dallas Keuchel (8-3) on Thursday.
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