Beltran homers to back Nova in Yankees' 4-1 win over A's

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ivan Nova pitched six innings for his second win since moving into the starting rotation, Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Thursday night.

Aaron Hicks added an RBI double while Brett Gardner had two hits and two walks to help the Yankees win the opener of the four-game series.

Oakland swept New York when the teams played in the Bronx but got little going against Nova and three relievers.

Nova (3-1) allowed one run and four hits in his longest outing this season since replacing the injured CC Sabathia in the Yankees' rotation. The right-hander threw just 62 pitches, had three strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.65 in three starts.

Josh Reddick homered for Oakland before leaving after appearing to injure his left hand stealing second base in the seventh.