Yanks shoot for eighth straight win in D.C.Jun 16, 2012 - 11:51 AM (Sports Network) - The New York Yankees attempt to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games this afternoon when they continue a three-game series with the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park.
New York continued to dominate the National League East in Friday's opener, as Phil Hughes piled up a season-high nine strikeouts in the Yankees' 7-2 victory.
Curtis Granderson homered and knocked in three runs for New York, which gave manager Joe Girardi his 500th career win and improved to 7-0 versus the NL East this season.
The Yankees also broke Washington's season-best six-game victory surge and have won 15 of their last 18 interleague games dating back to last season.
Hughes (7-5) was charged with six hits and a run over six innings. The righty is 4-0 over his last five starts.
"(Hughes had) good command of his fastball and expanded with his breaking ball," 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."
Gio Gonzalez (8-3) had eight strikeouts, but surrendered five hits and three runs over six-plus innings.
Today, New York will rely on lefty Andy Pettitte, who has pitched well after ending his one-year retirement. Pettitte did not get a decision on Sunday versus the Mets, as he surrendered two earned runs in six innings. He also struck out eight.
Pettitte, who is 3-2 with a 2.81 ERA, caused a bit of a scare when he used his bare hand to snag a comebacker to the mound. He stayed in the game, though, and later X-rays showed just a bruise.
"It hurt immediately," Pettitte said. "I was like, 'Oh, no,' right when it hit my hand. I probably shouldn't have done that."
Pettitte has faced the Nats six times and is 3-1 against them with a 4.29 ERA.
Heading to the hill for the Nationals this afternoon will be flame-throwing righty Jordan Zimmerman, who is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA. Zimmerman did not get a decision on Sunday in Boston, despite a solid effort that saw him allow three runs and seven hits in seven innings. He also struck out seven in his team's eventual 4-3 win.
"Zim pitched one hell of a ballgame and I feel bad that we didn't get the win for him," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "It was another great ballgame. It was a strong game. In the seventh inning, he gave up two leadoff hits ... but he got us out of there with just one run. But I sure would have liked to have gotten the win for him."
This will be his first-ever start against the Yankees.
The Nationals have won four of seven meetings with the Yankees since moving the franchise from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season.
- NEW YORK: 5
Jun 16 5:56 PM
- Mark Teixeira double to right scored Jayson Nix and Derek Jeter. On the play, Mark Teixeira advances to third on the throw. Runner on third with one out and Robinson Cano due up.
Yankees 5, Nationals 3 Top 14, 1 OutJun 16 5:39 PM
- Tyler Moore walked. Runner on first with two outs and Ross Detwiler due up.
Yankees 3, Nationals 3 Bot 8, 2 OutsJun 16 3:40 PM
- Eric Chavez doubled to right scoring Russell Martin with two out. Runner on second and Andy Pettitte due up.
Yankees 3, Nationals 2 Top 6, 2 OutsJun 16 2:52 PM
- Raul Ibanez grounded out second to first scoring Robinson Cano with one out. On the play, Nick Swisher advances to third. Runner on third and Russell Martin due up.
Yankees 2, Nationals 2 Top 6, 1 OutJun 16 2:47 PM
- Ian Desmond fielding error scored Nick Swisher with two out. Eric Chavez reached first. Runners on first and second with Andy Pettitte due up.
Yankees 1, Nationals 2 Top 4, 2 OutsJun 16 2:16 PM
- Jesus Flores doubled to left scoring Michael Morse and Tyler Moore with two out. Runner on second and Jordan Zimmermann due up.
Yankees 0, Nationals 2 Bot 2, 2 OutsJun 16 1:35 PM
- NEW YORK: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jun 16 1:06 PM
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