The Yankees (24-21) traveled to the West Coast for a weekend series with the Oakland Athletics (22-24) and kept the bats going on Friday night hitting three home runs in their 6-3 win. Ivan Nova was solid in his start picking up his fifth win of the season. Nova went seven innings gave up three runs on six hits and struck out four.  The Yankees hit Oakland starter Tyson Ross hard. Ross gave up six runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

The Yankees got on the board first in the third inning when Oakland centerfielder Cocoa Crisp misplayed a Robinson Cano fly ball scoring Curtis Granderson. Mark Teixeira followed the costly two out error with a two run home run. It was Teixeira’s sixth of the year and put the Yankees up 3-0.

In the fourth inning the Athletics got on the board with a J.J. Redick solo home run, his 12th.

In the fifth inning the Yankees added three more. Robinson Cano led off with a solo home run, his sixth. Later in the inning Nick Swisher hit a two run home run against his old team, Swisher now has eight home runs and 29 RBI.

The Athletics added a run in the fifth on a Kurt Suzuki sac-fly. A Kila Ka’aihu solo home run in the sixth was the Athletics third and final run. It was Ka’aihu’s second of the year.

Rafael Soriano picked up his fourth save of the season shutting the A’s down in the ninth.

The Yankees will play the Athletics again on Saturday afternoon. C.C. Sabathia (5-2 3.78) starts for the Yankees while Bartolo Colon (4-4 4.09) goes for the Athletics. Pregame starts at 3:30, first pitch at 4:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.