Ivan Nova made a case to stay in New York's long surge with two 3, in the middle game series.

Nova (11-4) won his seventh straight decision with six-plus quality innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. The right-hander's recent success has the Yankees employing a six-man rotation for the time being.

Robinson Cano fell a single short of the cycle and drove in a pair to help New York snap a three-game slide.

The Angels' Garrett Richards (0-1) made history by becoming the first pitcher to make his Major League debut in a start at the new Yankee Stadium. But the call-up from Double-A Arkansas took the loss after yielding six runs on six hits over five innings.