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New York Yankees Win Ninth Straight Game; Sweep Washington Nationals

June 17th, 2012 at 5:12 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

The New York Yankees swept the Washington Nationals after winning 4-1 on Sunday. The win is New York's ninth straight victory, giving them three consecutive series sweeps. 

'Ivan Nova pitches' photo (c) 2011, Marianne O'Leary - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Ivan Nova started for the Yankees and was dominant as he improved his record to 9-2 season. In seven and two third innings, the tall right-hander allowed just one run and struck out four.

Relieving Nova was lefty-specialist Boone Logan, who got the final out of the eighth inning and earned a hold. 

In the ninth, closer Rafael Soriano came in to pitch a perfect inning and pick up the save. He now has 13 saves this season in 14 opportunities. 

The Yankees gave Nova an early 1-0 lead as Saturday's hero Mark Teixeira picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly to score Derek Jeter. 

In the fifth inning, Curtis Granderson gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead with a solo home run. He now has 21 home runs this season, good for third in the American League. 

The Yankees then added a couple more insurance runs in the seventh inning, as Robinson Cano hit a solo home run and Andruw Jones picked up an RBI as he walked with the bases loaded. 

On May 21, the Yankees were at their low-point of the season with a 21-21 record. However, the Yankees are 19-4 since that date and lead the American League with a 40-25 record. 

Monday night, the Yankees will start a three game series with the Atlanta Braves. CC Sabathia will start for the Yankees and Mike Minor will start for the Braves at 7:00 PM ET. 

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Tags: Baseball, Curtis Granderson, Ivan Nova, MLB, New York, New York Yankees, Washington Nationals

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