Yankees 4, Nationals 1

Ben Standig, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

WASHINGTON - Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano homered, Mark Teixeira had three hits and Ivan Nova continued his winning ways on the road as the New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep over the Washington Nationals with a 4-1 victory on Sunday afternoon.
Granderson's solo blast in the fifth inning - his second home run of the series and 21st on the season - off Nationals starter Edwin Jackson put the Yankees ahead 2-1.
Cano reached base four times. The second baseman circled them all as his seventh-inning home run off reliever Tom Gorzelanny increased the lead to 3-1.
Owners of the best record in the American League, the Yankees (40-25) have won nine straight, the last six on the road.
In his first career start against the Nationals, Nova (9-2) allowed one run and seven hits over 7 2/3 innings with one walk and four strikeouts. The right-hander has won five straight starts and has a 0.79 ERA over the last three outings. Nova has not lost on the road in 15 starts, a stretch dating back nearly a full calendar year to June 20.
In relief of Nova, Boone Logan picked up the final out of the eighth inning and Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his 13th save.
The youthful Nationals (38-26) entered the highly anticipated series riding a six-game winning streak, but would up on the wrong end of a sweep for the first time at home this season. All three games of the series were played before sellout crowds, with 41, 442 in attendance for the finale.
Jackson (3-4) pitched six innings, allowing two runs and seven hits with three walks and one strikeout. He fell to 2-7 lifetime against the Yankees.
Adam LaRoche's solo blast in the second tied the game, and he nearly duplicated the feat in the fourth, sending a Nova offering off the top of the right-center-field wall. After Ian Desmond's one-out single put runners on the corners, Danny Espinosa's speedy grounder went to Robinson Cano for an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play.
After a frustrating 0-for-7 with five-strikeouts in Saturday's 14-inning loss, Bryce Harper went 2-for-4 with a double Sunday.
Saturday night's hero following his go-ahead two-run double in extra innings, Teixeira drove in the Yankees' first run with a first-inning sacrifice fly. In the seventh, he followed Cano's home run with the first of two doubles and eventually scored an insurance run on a passed ball.
Notes: Desmond's fourth-inning error was his third of the series...Before the game, the Nationals designated RHP Brad Lidge for assignment and reinstated RHP Ryan Mattheus (left plantar fascia strain) from the disabled list. Lidge allowed two runs and took the loss in Saturday's game. In his first season with the Nationals, Lidge went 0-1 with two saves and a 9.64 ERA in 11 appearances. Mattheus, out since May 21, pitched one-third of an inning Sunday, issuing a walk. ...New York returns home Monday for a three-game series against Atlanta with CC Sabathia starting against Mike Minor...Washington continues its AL East run on Monday, hosting Tampa Bay. Nationals RHP Chien-Ming Wang and Rays LHP David Price will start the opener of the three-game series.

What to Read Next