WHAT IT MEANS: Derek Jeter's 15-game hitting streak ended, but The Captain still delivered.
Jeter went 0-for-4 but gave the Yankees a 7-6 walk-off victory when he scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the ninth inning after he walked with one out in the frame and went first to third on a wild pitch.
The Yankees (11-8) had lost their last two games.
E-JECTED: Joe Girardi was run for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Joe West -- beloved by Yankees fans, we know -- following Russell Martin's backward K in the bottom of the seventh. It was Girardi's 18th career ejection -- 15th as a manager and 14th as a Yankee (13 as a manager, one as a player).
OH, NOVA: Ivan Nova allowed a career high-tying 11 hits and six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings and stood to lose. But he was taken off the hook, and his streak of wins in 15 consecutive decisions is still intact. Nova hasn’t lost since June 3, 2011, against the Angels.
While the right-hander was far from effective, his line may have looked better had Raul Ibañez not misplayed Brad Eldred's second-inning smash, which turned into an RBI triple. Robinson Cano also failed to tag Jhonny Peralta leading off the fifth, taking an outfield assist away from Ibañez. Yankees starters have compiled a 5.92 ERA this season; they came into Friday night's game ranked 29th in the majors in that category.
A-ROD: Alex Rodriguez led off the fourth inning with a home run to right. It was A-Rod's fourth homer of the season, 633rd of his career and 288th as a Yankee, passing Bernie Williams for sole possession of sixth place on the franchise's all-time list. The third baseman also singled in a run in the first, flew out to deep center in the fifth and singled sharply to right in the eighth and scored on Mark Teixeira's game-tying sacrafice fly.
MUSCLING UP: Martin also hit an opposite-field jack -- a two-run shot which gave the Yankees a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Martin had gotten off to an 8-for-45 start prior to his second homer of the season.
GOTTA GO TO MO: Mariano Rivera has pitched in 1,050 career games, tying Kent Tekulve for eighth place on baseball's all-time list.
HE'S HUMAN: Justin Verlander had allowed 10 earned runs in his first five starts. But he surrendered four earned runs over six innings on Friday night -- including a pair of homers -- and didn't figure in the decision. Yankee Stadium is the only current American League ballpark in which Verlander has never recorded a victory.
HOW GRAND: Miguel Cabrera joined the 1,000-RBI club with a third-inning single.
UP NEXT: Righty Freddy Garcia (0-1, 9.75 ERA) vs. lefty Drew Smyly (0-0, 1.13) on Saturday.