Ivan Nova led the Yankees to victory, and New York extended their win streak to nine. (Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE)

MLB Game Recaps: New York Yankees Top Washington Nationals for 9th Straight Win

The people who make the Major League Baseball schedule probably thought this series was a throw-away series.

They probably thought, like any interleague series with the Yankees on the road, the best case scenario would be a bump in attendance for the home team.  What the schedule makers couldn’t have known was this would be a battle of two first place teams entering the series with equal six-game winning streaks.

The Yankees completed a sweep of the Nationals to push their win steak to nine while sending the Nationals to their third straight loss.  Ivan Nova went 7 1/3 innings, allowed seven hits, and gave up just on early run.  He struck out four and walked just one.

Edwin Jackson was solid, but it wasn’t enough at the Nationals offense failed him.  Jackson pitched six innings and gave up two runs.  Bryce Harper went 2 for 4 with a double, and Adam LaRoche went deep.  Yet, LaRoche’s home run would be all the Nationals would get.

New York (A) 4 -10 – 0
Washington 1 – 7 – 1

Yankees Recap | Nationals Recap

National League

Cincinnati  3 – 10 – 1
New York (N) 1 – 7 – 1

Johnny Cueto struck out 8 in 7 innings to help propel the first-place Reds.

Reds Recap | Mets Recap

Interleague

Pittsburgh 9 – 10 – 0
Cleveland 5 – 12 – 3

Pedro Alvarez blasted two home runs and drove in six to push the Pirates past the Indians.

Pirates Recap | Indians Recap

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Colorado 0 – 7 – 1
Detroit 5 – 15 – 0

Max Scherzer struck out 12 in eight innings of work as the Tigers dominated the Rockies.

Rockies Recap | Tigers Recap

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Baltimore 2 – 4 – 1
Atlanta  0 – 7 – 0

Wie-Yin Chen tossed seven innings of shut-out ball as the Orioles moved to 12 games over .500.

Orioles Recap | Braves Recap

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Philadelphia 2 – 8 – 1
Toronto 6 – 9 – 1

Kyle Kendrick allowed six runs in 6 1/3 innings of work, and Colby Rasmus went deep for Toronto.

Phillies Recap | Blue Jays Recap

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Miami 0 – 2 -1
Tampa Bay 3 – 9 – 0

Carlos Pena and Ben Zobrist both had two-hit games, and Alex Cobb tossed seven strong in the Rays win.

Marlins Recap | Rays Recap

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Kansas City 5 – 13 – 0
St. Louis 3 – 11 – 1
Final/15

The much-maligned Yuniesky Betancourt blasted a two run shot in the 15th to send the Royals past the Cardinals.

Royals Recap | Cardinals Recap

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Milwaukee 4 – 15 – 1
Minnesota 5 – 20 – 2
Final/15

Denard Span put an end to the marathon with an RBI single to lift the Twins over the Brewers.

Twins Recap | Brewers Recap

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Chicago (A) 1 – 6 – 0
Los Angeles 2 – 9 – 1
Final/10

The Dodgers scored one in the bottom of the ninth to force extras, then Dee Gordon won it for them in the 10th.

White Sox Recap | Dodgers Recap

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Houston 3 – 6 – 0
Texas 9 – 12 – 1

A six-run 7th sealed the win for Texas as the Rangers spoiled Dallas Kuechel’s debut.

Astros Recap | Rangers Recap

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Arizona 0 – 4 – 1
Los Angeles (A) 2 – 6 – 0

Albert Pujols homeres and Garrett Richard tossed eight innings of shut out ball to top the Diamondbacks.

Diamondbacks Recap | Angels Recap

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San Diego 2 – 5 – 1
Oakland 1 – 6 – 2

Clayton Richard threw 7 2/3 innings of shut-out ball, and Huston Street earned a nail-biting save in the Padres win.

Padres Recap | A’s Recap

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San Francisco  1 – 9 – 1
Seattle 2 – 6 – 1

Justin Smoak smacked a walk-off single to left, and the Mariners topped the Giants.

Giants Recap | Mariners Recap

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Boston 7 – 12 – 2
Chicago (N)  4 – 8 – 2

David Ortiz hit his 16th home run, and the Red Sox scored three runs late to ensure victory.

Red Sox Recap | Cubs Recap

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