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.
They've also won seven in a row on the road and have swept three consecutive series of three games or more for the first time since 2007.
Nova was pulled with two outs and a runner on base in the...