Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - David Phelps threw four strong innings in relief of an ailing Ivan Nova, and the New York Yankees overcame another injury during the game to record a 6-4 decision over the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
Phelps (1-1) racked up a career-best nine strikeouts while limiting the Blue Jays to one run on two hits after taking over for Nova, who was removed with none out in the top of the third inning with pain in his right elbow. Mariano Rivera worked out a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to notch his eighth save of the season.
Lyle Overbay came through with a tie-breaking RBI triple in the fourth and Brett Gardner tacked on a solo homer later on to help New York post its second straight win over slumping Toronto in the first two tests of this four-game set. Vernon Wells added a pair of hits and an RBI in three at-bats to the triumph.
The victory came with a cost, however, as Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli fractured his right hand when being struck by a foul tip by Toronto's Rajai Davis, the game's leadoff hitter. The team said afterward that he will require surgery and is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks.
Nova was charged with two runs allowed on four hits in two-plus innings.
The Blue Jays suffered their 16th defeat in their last 19 visits to Yankee Stadium despite a pair of solo homers from Edwin Encarnacion. Jose Bautista also had a solo shot in the setback, Toronto's sixth in eight outings overall.
Brad Lincoln (0-1) was handed the loss after permitting two runs in one inning. Aaron Laffey, making an emergency start for an injured Josh Johnson, lasted just 2 2/3 frames and was reached for a pair of runs while walking five.