Yankees squeak past Braves to snap five-game losing skid
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It was hardly the offensive eruption the Yankees were looking for, but their new-look lineup produced just enough to squeak out a 3-1 win over the Braves in The Bronx on Tuesday, as they snapped a five-game losing streak.
Fittingly, the go-ahead run came courtesy of a wild pitch and the insurance run on a bases-loaded walk.
Aaron Hicks, held out of the starting lineup, sparked the winning rally in the eighth inning with a pinch-hit leadoff walk against left-hander Tyler Matzek. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge followed with singles to load the bases.
Atlanta turned to Nate Jones to face Clint Frazier, pinch-hitting for Brett Gardner.
With the infield in, Jones fired a wild pitch to score Hicks and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Frazier popped out and Giancarlo Stanton was walked intentionally to load the bases again, but Gleyber Torres flied to shallow center.
Mike Ford, recalled from the alternate site to replace the retired Jay Bruce, walked to force in another run.
Aroldis Chapman closed it in the ninth.
Aaron Boone’s lineup shake-up didn’t produce much early, as Charlie Morton retired the first seven batters of the game until Gio Urshela poked a double past first base with one out in the third.
Mike Tauchman followed with a long fly ball to center for the second out, deep enough for Urshela to move to third. But LeMahieu struck out to end the inning.
They didn’t get another hit until Urshela tied the game at 1-1 with a home run into the netting above Monument Park in center with one out in the bottom of the fifth. The 437-foot homer was Urshela’s second of the season.
It came after the Yankees squandered an opportunity In the fourth, Judge worked a walk after falling behind 0-2. Brett Gardner flied to left and Stanton walked to bring up Torres.
Torres grounded into a force out, leaving runners on the corners for Ford who whiffed for the third out.
Morton allowed just a run in six innings.
Jameson Taillon cruised through the first two innings before allowing a line-drive double to left to Guillermo Heredia on a full count with one out in the third. The right-hander got to a full count on the next batter, Ehire Adrianza, as well and paid for it again. Adrianza hit a double to right to score Heredia and the Braves took a 1-0 lead.
Taillon responded by striking out Freddie Freeman and Marcell Ozuna to avoid further damage in the 27-pitch inning.
He pitched around a one-out single and walk in the fourth by getting Dansby Swanson to ground into a double play and finished his outing with an easy fifth.
The right-hander allowed just one run in his five innings, leaving after 80 pitches.
Left-hander Lucas Luetge tossed a scoreless sixth, but he was kept in the game to start the seventh to face the switch-hitting Pablo Sandoval and walked him.
Chad Green entered and struck out Dansby Swanson, but allowed singles to Austin Riley and Heredia to load the bases.
Following a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Green got Adrianza swinging.
Justin Wilson came in and got Freeman to ground out to keep the game tied.
Jonathan Loaisiga opened the eighth by hitting Ozuna with his first pitch. He got Travis d’Arnaud to ground into a double play and fanned Ozzie Albies.
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