Phil Hughes allowed one run and struck out nine in six innings as the New York Yankees won their seventh straight game with a 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals in a Major League Baseball contest.
The Yankees (38-25) are holding on to the top spot in the American League East, while the Washington Nationals (38-24) remain atop the National League East.
Hughes, who gave up six hits, had “good command of his fastball and expanded with his breaking ball,” Yankee manager Joe Girardi said. “That’s the key for him. He’s done a good job of that, got some strikeouts when he needed to. For the most part, he executed his pitches.”
Derek Jeter reached base on an infield single to shortstop Ian Desmond whose throw passed first baseman Adam LaRoche in the seventh inning at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. DeWayne Wise scored the go-ahead run followed by Russell Martin to give the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
“We opened the door for them,” Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.
Alex Rodriguez and Nick Swisher each hit run-scoring singles in the third inning and Curtis Granderson blasted a two- run double in the seventh and followed with his 20th home run of the season in the ninth.
Rodriguez recorded his 1,924th career run-batted-in to tie Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for sixth-most on the all-time list.
Stephen Lombardozzi scored on Michael Morse’s single in the third inning and Morse got a run on Danny Espinosa’s groundout in the ninth.
Hughes (7-5) gave up six hits for the Yankees. Gio Gonzalez (8-3) surrendered three runs on five hits and struck out eight in six innings.
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