Nova (2-2) gave up a career-high four home runs before leaving in the fifth with right elbow soreness. The right-hander allowed eight runs and eight hits in four-plus innings before telling manager Joe Girardi he “felt his elbow.” Girardi promptly took him out and the Yankees are awaiting the results of an MRI.
“Obviously you’re really concerned whenever a guy leaves a game because he feels something,” Girardi said. “Starters are not easy to replace.”
“The good thing is tonight’s game only counts as one, even though it was pretty lopsided and it was ugly,” Girardi said.
Wil Myers, who also homered twice, and Evan Longoria both drove in four runs for the Rays.
Myers hit his second homer of the game, a three-run shot off Matt Daley during a four-run fifth as the Rays took a 10-1 lead. The 2013 AL Rookie of the Year ended a 10-game RBI drought by driving in three runs in Tampa Bay’s 11-5 victory Friday night over the Yankees.
“Hitting’s contagious, and you saw that he last two nights,” Myers said.
Longoria hit his 164th homer, which broke a tie with Carlos Pena for the most in Rays history.
Myers put the Rays up 1-0 on his first homer since Sept. 16 in the second. Tampa Bay added three runs in the third when Hanigan had a solo homer and Longoria added a two-run shot off Nova, who had his streak of not allowing more than one homer in a start end at 26. It was the first time Nova had given up multiple homers in a game since Aug. 21, 2012, when the Chicago White Sox hit two.
Hanigan extended the lead to 6-0 on his a two-run shot during the fourth.
Kelly Johnson hit an RBI double off Archer in the fifth.