Washington, DC (Sports Network) - Phil Hughes piled up a season-high nine strikeouts and the Yankees blew the game open with a four-run seventh inning in a 7-2 victory over the Washington Nationals.
Curtis Granderson homered and knocked in three runs for New York, which is riding a season-high seven-game winning streak. Friday's result between first- place teams also gave manager Joe Girardi his 500th career win.
The Yankees, who also broke Washington's six-game victory surge, 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.
Alex Rodriguez singled in a run in the third for his 1,924th career RBI, tying Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx for sixth-most on the all-time list.
Gio Gonzalez (8-3) had eight strikeouts, but surrendered five hits and three runs over six-plus innings.
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