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Yankees Win 4-1, Sweep Nationals

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The Yankees (40-25) completed their road trip sweep on Sunday afternoon beating the Nationals (38-26) for the third straight game 4-1. The Yankees now have won their last 9 games, the last six on the road. Ivan Nova was stellar for the Yankees going 7 2/3 innings giving up one run on seven hits and striking out four.  The win puts Nova at 9-2 for the season.

The Yankees got on the board right away in the top of the first inning off of Nationals starter Edwin Jackson. Derek Jeter led off the game with a single and Curtis Granderson followed with a double putting runners at second and third with no one out. Alex Rodriguez flew out and Robinson Cano was intentionally walked loading the bases for Mark Teixeira who hit a long sac-fly to deep center field scoring Jeter.

In the bottom of the second the Nationals scored their lone run when Adam LaRoche took Nova deep to right field. It was LaRoche’s 12th home run of the season.

Curtis Granderson broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with solo home run to right field. It was Granderson’s 21st home run of the season and 40th RBI tying him with Nick Swisher for the team lead in RBIs.

In the seventh the Yankees would add two more. First Robinson Cano hit an opposite field solo home run off of reliever Tom Gorzelanny. It was Cano’s 12th homer of the season. Mark Teixeira then doubled and advanced to third on a Raul Ibanez ground out. Teixeira would score and make the score 4-1 when a Gorzelanny pitch got away from catcher Jhonatan Solano that was ruled a passed ball. Teixeira finished the game 3-4.

Edwin Jackson finished the game going six innings gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out one.

The Yankees look to continue their interleague success on Monday when the Atlanta Braves come to town. C.C. Sabathia (8-3 3.70) starts for the Yankees while Mike Minor (3-4 6.01) goes for the Braves. Pregame coverage begins at 6:30, first pitch at 7:05 right here on 104.5 The Team ESPN Radio.

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