Davis looks to continue the hot hitting that has aided Baltimore's longest winning streak over its AL East rivals in 16 years as the Orioles open a three-game set at Yankee Stadium on Friday night.
After completing a four-game sweep in Minnesota with Thursday's 9-5 victory, the Yankees (46-39) have a chance to equal their season-best winning streak as they begin a stretch of 10 straight at home.
They also won five in a row May 8-12.
The four consecutive wins over the Twins followed three straight losses in Baltimore during which New York was outscored 19-8.
"We're going home for a long stretch, and we're taking some momentum with us," Thursday's winner David Phelps said. "It would've been real easy to take what happened in Baltimore and carry it over here."
Davis pounded New York pitching in the final two games of that series, hitting three homers with six RBIs to lead the Orioles (48-38) to their fourth and fifth consecutive wins against the Yankees.
The first baseman, who ranks among the major league leaders with a .327 average and 83 RBIs and tops all players with 32 homers, is 9 for 21 with five home runs and nine RBIs in his last six games versus New York.
Now he'll try to help Baltimore extend its longest winning streak against the Yankees since an eight-game run bridging the 1996 and 1997 seasons.
Davis, though, hasn't had the same type of success at Yankee Stadium, where he's hitting .228 with four homers and 17 RBIs in 27 games.
Nova struck out seven and allowed three runs over 6 2-3 innings in his last spot start, a 3-1 loss to Tampa Bay on June 23.
The right-hander is 0-2 with a 10.26 ERA in his last three starts against the Orioles. He also worked 5 2-3 innings of relief, giving up two runs in an 11-3 loss at Baltimore on Saturday.
Davis went deep off Nova in that appearance and is 6 for 16 with two homers and seven RBIs lifetime in this matchup.
Teammate Matt Wieters should be happy to see Nova again, since he's 9 for 21 with three homers and three doubles against him.
Baltimore, which dropped two of three to the last-place White Sox to open its road trip, appears to have a solid opportunity to bounce back behind right-hander Miguel Gonzalez (6-3, 3.77).
Since allowing a season-worst five earned runs over six innings against Detroit on May 31, Gonzalez has gone 4-1 with a 2.88 ERA in five starts.
He's 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in four career starts versus the Yankees, allowing four earned runs over 13-plus innings for an 0-1 record in two starts against them this season.
He'll have to contend with Robinson Cano , who was 14 for 24 with four homers and 10 RBIs over a six-game stretch before going 0 for 4 Thursday.
Cano is hitting .410 with two homers and six RBIs in his last 10 games against Baltimore.
Although the Orioles have won six of nine in the season series, the Yankees took two of three at home in April.
|June 20, 2013||Steve Pearce||15-Day DL||Left wrist tendinitis|
|June 17, 2013||Jason Hammel||Day-to-Day||Illness|
|June 06, 2013||Steve Johnson||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 24, 2013||Pedro Strop||15-Day DL||Lower back strain|
|May 13, 2013||Wei-Yin Chen||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|New York Yankees|
|July 02, 2013||Hiroki Kuroda||Day-to-Day||Sore left hip flexor|
|July 02, 2013||Jayson Nix||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|June 16, 2013||Mark Teixeira||15-Day DL||Right wrist surgery - out for season|
|June 15, 2013||Mark Teixeira||Day-to-Day||Wrist|
|June 14, 2013||Kevin Youkilis||15-Day DL||Lumbar spine strain|
|June 01, 2013||Chris Stewart||Day-to-Day||Left game - dehydration|
NEW YORK (AP) -- After popping out with the bases loaded in the fifth inning, all Vernon Wells wanted was another shot to help make a winner of Ivan Nova .
He got one all right: Ninth inning, bases jammed.
This time Wells came through. He singled in the winning run with one out, helping a marvelous Nova and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 Friday night for their season high-tying fifth straight win.
"Given the way we played in Minnesota we needed to come here and continue that momentum," Wells said of the Yankees' four-game sweep of the Twins. "It took a little while, but Nova kept us in the game all night."
Nova (3-2) gave up a two-run homer to Matt Wieters in the second inning then stifled the Orioles the rest of the way in a spot start for Hiroki Kuroda . He allowed three hits in his first career complete game, struck out 11 and walked one.
Baltimore closer Jim Johnson (2-7) took over the ninth with a 2-1 lead and gave up a leadoff single to David Adams . Brett Gardner reached when Johnson failed to field his bunt for an error in front of the mound.
"The thing that really changed it was screwing up the bunt," Johnson said. "That was trying to do too many things at once instead of just taking the out."
Ichiro Suzuki then sacrificed the runners to second and third and Robinson Cano was walked intentionally to load the bases for the second time Friday - to vociferous boos. Manager Buck Showalter made a mound visit and Johnson promptly walked Travis Hafner to tie it.
The struggling Wells then grounded a single past diving third baseman Manny Machado and ran toward first with his arm raised in the air. He was mobbed by his teammates and doused with a sports drink during an interview on the field.
"Those are times like when you turn a triple play where you see the kid come out in us," Wells said.
Manager Joe Girardi said Wells earned a start because he played well during the series in Minnesota, but he ended the night still hitting just .235.
The Yankees snapped a five-game skid - including a sweep last weekend in Baltimore - against the Orioles this season.
The Orioles have lost three of four. Johnson blew his sixth save of the season, and second in last four opportunities.
Nova lost his place in the rotation after an ineffective start to the season and going on the disabled list. But he kept Baltimore off-balance all the way through. The 26-year-old right-hander came off the mound after getting the third out in the ninth to high-fives and pats on the back from his teammates.
"It's unbelievable feeling the way I've been throwing the ball lately," Nova said. "To put myself in the position I am right now."
The Yankees' steadiest pitcher since last year, Kuroda came through a bullpen session Friday without problems. Depending how he feels Saturday, he could take his next turn in the rotation. Girardi said after the game Nova will "probably start again."
The memory of the long homer Chris Davis hit against him last weekend in Baltimore may have caused Nova to throw a little too inside to "Crush" to start the second. After hitting Davis with a pitch, Nova gave up a drive to Wieters that bounced off the top of the wall, just out of the reach of Wells, and into the left field stands for a 2-0 lead. Wieters came in batting .429 (9 for 21) with three homers against Nova.
But that was all Nova would give up, dominating the Orioles with a nasty curveball. Nate McLouth 's single leading off the sixth was Baltimore's only hit after the second.
Nova got some help from a steely defense. Luis Cruz , the latest fill-in for Derek Jeter at shortstop, made two nifty grabs of grounders and strong throws for outs in the third. Then second baseman Cano made a pair of difficult plays to keep the Orioles off the bases in the fourth inning.
Cruz drove in New York's first run in the fourth with a single to left field off Miguel Gonzalez . Wells, on second base, slid into home just ahead of Wieters' tag. Wieters slapped Wells high on the leg as Wells' cleat scraped home plate. Showalter came out to dispute the bang-bang play with plate umpire Gary Darling.
The Yankees then loaded the bases with one out in the fifth against the pitcher with the best road ERA (2.99) since the start of 2012 - minimum 100 innings.
They came up empty.
Adams walked leading off. One out later Suzuki doubled to right field and Cano was walked intentionally. Gonzalez then fell behind 3-0 to Hafner before getting him to hit a fly to center field that was too shallow for Adams to test Gold Glover Adam Jones ' arm. Wells then popped out to first base.
Gonzalez was done after six innings and 104 pitches. He yielded one run and four hits, but tied a season high with five walks - one intentional.
"Miguel was fortunate," Showalter said. "But that's him. He's going to bend, but not break. You give up four (walks), I think five with an intentional, you have to consider yourself lucky to get through that with one run."
NOTES: Orioles LHP Wei-Yin Chen (right oblique strain) will throw Saturday or Sunday and the team will then make a decision. If he comes out without any issues, Showalter said he could be activated from the DL in five or six days. Showalter said a six-man rotation was an option after Chen returns. ... Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez 's third rehab game - Class-A Tampa - was postponed by rain.