Updated: 18/06/2012 13:08 | By pa.press.net

Yankees star Nova canes Nationals



Pitcher Ivan Nova was the star of a Yankees win over the Washington Nationals (© AP)

Pitcher Ivan Nova was the star of a Yankees win over the Washington Nationals (AP)

Ivan Nova pitched 7 2/3 impressive innings and Curtis Granderson hit his 21st homer of the season as the New York Yankees beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 to stretch their winning streak to nine.

Robinson Cano also homered as the Yankees completed a three-game sweep of their interleague series. Nova, who allowed one run on seven hits and a walk and struck out four, became the first American League pitcher to reach nine wins on the season.

Alex Cobb fanned 10 in seven shutout innings to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 3-0 win over the Miami Marlins. BJ Upton, Ben Zobrist and Elliot Johnson each drove in a run.

The Texas Rangers scored seven times in the sixth inning, including a two-run homer from Adrian Beltre, for a 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros. Colby Lewis got the win, striking out 10 and allowing one run on three hits in seven innings.

Yuniesky Betancourt smashed a two-run homer in the top of the 15th as the Kansas City Royals beat the St Louis Cardinals 5-3 in one of two Sunday marathons.

The Minnesota Twins won the other, also in 15, as they walked off on the back of Denard Span's RBI single for a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Los Angeles Dodgers also walked off in extras, beating the Chicago White Sox 2-1 on Dee Gordon's RBI single. In Seattle it was the Mariners walking off as Justin Smoak singled for a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants.

Max Sherzer struck out 12 in eight scoreless innings and Quintin Berry had five hits as the Detroit Tigers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-0. Garrett Richards tossed eight-plus shutout frames to lead the Los Angeles Angels to 2-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Pedro Alvarez hit two three-run homers to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 9-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. Colby Rasmus homered in the Toronto Blue Jays' 6-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies and Johnny Cueto threw seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 victory over the New York Mets.

The Baltimore Orioles beat the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on the back of Wei-Yin Chen's seven scoreless frames, the Boston Red Sox were 7-4 winners over the Chicago Cubs and the San Diego Padres saw off the Oakland Athletics 2-1.

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