Yankees’ Winning Streak Hits Nine Games With Sweep of Nationals

The New York Yankees have won a season-high nine straight games after beating the Washington Nationals 4-1 to complete a three-game sweep of the interleague series between division leaders.

Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano hit solo home runs for the Yankees yesterday in Washington, while pitcher Ivan Nova won his fifth consecutive Major League Baseball start.

The Yankees (40-25) have swept three straight series of three games or more for the first time since 1998, when they won a franchise-record 114 games and the World Series title. Before traveling to Washington, the Yankees also had three-game sweeps of the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.

“You feel like your guys are going to get it done when you’re playing as well as we are,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters. “No matter what the situation is, you feel like you’re going to get it done.”

The Yankees open another three-game set at home today against the Braves before visiting the Mets for three games. They’ve won 17 of their last 20 games against National League opponents dating to last season.

Nova improved his record to 9-2 on the season after allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings.

“I’ve got five in a row, but we’ve got nine in a row,” Nova told reporters. “That’s amazing for me, the way I feel right now. I’m so happy the way we’ve been throwing the ball.”

Adam LaRoche’s solo homer in the second inning yesterday was the lone run for the Nationals (38-26).

The Mets lost to the Cincinnati Reds 3-1 yesterday, their sixth loss in nine games. After getting swept by the Yankees this month, the Mets won three straight games against the Tampa Bay Rays and then were swept by the Reds.

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