WASHINGTON (AP) _ Curtis Granderson drove in three runs, Derek
Jeter had two hits and Phil Hughes pitched six innings to win his
fourth straight start, and the New York Yankees won their seventh
game in a row, beating the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Friday
Both teams entered with six-game winning streaks and leading
their divisions. For the Nationals, the attention was unusual, the
stands were packed, with many rooting for the Yankees.
Hughes (7-5) worked six innings, allowing a run and six hits. He
walked two and struck out nine. Cody Eppley and Clay Rapada worked
two scoreless innings. David Robertson allowed a run in the ninth.
Gio Gonzalez (8-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six-plus
innings, walking two and striking out eight. He is 1-5 against the
Yankees and left trailing 2-1 after allowing a leadoff single to
Andruw Jones in the seventh.
Against Brad Lidge, pinch-runner Dewayne Wise stole second,
Russell Martin walked, and both advanced on Jayson Nix’s sacrifice
bunt. Robinson Cano was intentionally walked and Jeter hit a slow
grounder to shortstop Ian Desmond.
As Jeter crossed first, Desmond’s throw sailed past first
baseman Adam LaRoche. Wise and Martin scored. Michael Gonzalez
relieved Lidge and allowed Granderson’s two-run double to make it
Granderson hit his 20th home run with one out in the ninth.
The Yankees scored two runs in the third. Jeter doubled with one
out. After Mark Teixeira walked with two outs, Alex Rodriguez
singled to score Jeter. The RBI was A-Rod’s 1,924th, tying him with
Jimmie Foxx for sixth place on the all-time list. Nick Swisher
followed with an RBI single.
Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper began the bottom of the third
with singles off Hughes. With one out, LaRoche walked to load the
bases. Michael Morse’s single scored Lombardozzi.
NOTES: The win was New York manager Joe Girardi’s 500th in the
major leagues. … Robertson made his first appearance after
missing a month with a strained oblique muscle. … Cano did not
start. Cano is 0 for 9 against Gonzalez. He had been spiked in the
left leg on Tuesday in Atlanta. … Yankees reliever Joba
Chamberlain, who dislocated his right ankle bouncing on a
trampoline with his son on March 22, said he could face hitters for
the first time in about 10 days. … Washington manager Davey
Johnson said that RHP Henry Rodriguez (right index finger), will
begin a rehab assignment in a day or two. Rodriguez is eligible to
come off the DL on June 21 … New York LHP Andy Pettitte
celebrated his 40th birthday on Friday. He’ll start Saturday
against Washington RHP Jordan Zimmermann. … Supreme Court Justice
Sonia Sotomayor, a Yankees fan, chatted on the field with Nationals
OF Jayson Werth and Johnson. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff, threw out the first pitch.
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