MLB Game Summary - Atlanta at NY Yankees|
(Tuesday, June 19th)
Final Score: Atlanta 4, NY Yankees 3
Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Jason Heyward knocked in the go-ahead run in the
top of the sixth inning and the Atlanta Braves held on for a 4-3 win over the
Yankees, snapping New York's 10-game winning streak.
Heyward also tripled and threw a runner out at the plate.
"He shows flashes of greatness," Braves starter Tim Hudson said of Heyward.
"Defensively he's been awesome...he's been coming up with some really big hits
lately, it's nice to see."
Andrelton Simmons had two RBI and Chipper Jones added a run-scoring double for
the Braves, who won for just the second time in their last nine games.
Hudson (5-3) gave up three runs -- two earned -- on four hits with five walks
and five strikeouts in five innings.
Nick Swisher stroked a two-run double for New York, while Hiroki Kuroda (6-7)
allowed four runs on six hits and three walks over seven innings to suffer his
first loss since May 21.
"Give them credit," Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. "They had a lot
of big plays, they came up big when they needed to."
The Braves broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth. Brian McCann bounced a double over
the wall in left-center field to start the frame. A two-out walk by Jones put
men on the corners and Heyward, who gunned down Teixeira at home to end the
fifth, hit a liner off the New York first baseman's left heel for an
infield single that scored McCann.
Atlanta reliever Jonny Venters pitched out of a jam in the seventh to preserve
the lead. The first two Yankees reached base, as Curtis Granderson singled and
Alex Rodriguez walked. A groundout placed runners on second and third before
Teixeira reached on a 5-2 fielder's choice. Venters fanned Raul Ibanez for
the third out.
Craig Kimbrel struck out a pair of Yankees in the ninth en route to earning
his 20th save of the season.
New York jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second when Hudson allowed three
consecutive hits to begin the inning. Teixeira singled and Ibanez doubled --
snapping an 0-for-15 drought -- before Swisher, who returned after missing two
games with a left quad contusion, plated both men by driving Hudson's pitch
deep to center and just off Michael Bourn's glove.
The Braves halved their deficit in the third on a Simmons groundout that
scored Heyward, who hustled for a leadoff triple, and then moved ahead in the
Martin Prado led off with a single, took second on a wild pitch and advanced
to third when McCann flied out to center.
After Freddie Freeman, playing for the first time since last Tuesday, worked a
two-out walk, Jones ripped an RBI double past first baseman Teixeira. Heyward
then drew a free pass, loading the bases for Simmons and the rookie shortstop
hit a single up the middle to plate Freeman, who had been dealing with a
swollen left index finger, and put Atlanta on top.
Granderson threw Heyward out at third to prevent a second run from scoring on
The Yankees tied the game in the home fourth without the benefit of a hit,
capitalizing on a pair of errors. Hudson struck out Granderson with the bases
loaded to end the inning.
Atlanta snapped a six-game losing streak to the Yankees...New York finished 2-
for-11 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base...Kuroda
recorded six strikeouts. He had been 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his previous four
06/20 00:38:26 ET