Yankees sweep Nationals, win 4-1 for 9th straight

Ivan Nova pitched effectively into the eighth inning to win his

fifth straight start, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano hit solo

homers, and the New York Yankees beat the on-the-rise Washington

Nationals 4-1 Sunday to complete a sweep of the series between

division leaders.

Nova (9-2) gave up seven hits and a run in an efficient, mostly

trouble-free 7 2-3 innings, keeping him unbeaten in his last 15

road starts – a streak that’s been going for more than a year. He

is 12-0 away from Yankee Stadium since losing to the Los Angeles

Angels in Anaheim on June 3, 2011.

Granderson homered off Edwin Jackson (3-4) in the fifth to break

a 1-1 tie. Cano made it a two-run cushion in the seventh off Tom

Gorzelanny as the Yankees won their ninth straight, their longest

winning streak since May 2009.