By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) _ Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in
the sixth inning and the streaking New York Yankees beat the
Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night to complete their second
straight three-game sweep.
Hiroki Kuroda (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings. He stranded
runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings
before giving up Brian McCann’s two-run shot in the fifth.
Granderson answered an inning later with his 19th homer.
Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the first inning for the
Yankees, who have surged into first place in the AL East with
sweeps of the Mets and Braves.
Rafael Soriano gave up a single to Chipper Jones with two outs
in the ninth before capping his 11th save by getting Jason Heyward
to hit a popup to second base.
The Braves, who outhit the Yankees 12-7, wasted repeated scoring
With runners on first and third in the eighth, Martin Prado hit
into an inning-ending double play against Cody Eppley. It was the
Braves’ sixth inning with runners in scoring position _ they went 2
for 13 in that situation.
The Braves also left runners in scoring position in the second,
third, fourth and seventh innings. They broke through against
Kuroda only in the fifth.
Prado led off with a single. McCann, the next hitter, pulled a
2-2 pitch from Kuroda about 15 rows deep into the right field seats
for his eighth homer, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead.
Tim Hudson (4-3) gave up the lead before he could record an out
in the sixth. Derek Jeter led off with a single. Granderson
followed with his homer, a high flyball that stayed fair as it
landed inside the pole and well beyond the reach of a leaping right
fielder Jason Heyward, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
Jeter led off the game with a double to center. He scored on a
one-out single up the middle by Rodriguez.
Kuroda gave up two runs on nine hits and two walks in six
innings. He set a season high with eight strikeouts.
Hudson gave up three runs on six hits with no walks and eight
strikeouts in six innings.
The Braves’ frustrations with runners in scoring position
continued when left-hander Boone Logan ended the seventh by getting
Eric Hinske to fly out to center field, leaving runners stranded on
first and third.
Hinske, who spent part of the 2009 season with the Yankees,
started at first base. Freddie Freeman is still bothered by a
bruised his left index finger. He was injured on June 6.
Freeman had three hits against Toronto on Sunday but was 0 for 7
in the first two games against the Yankees.
Atlanta’s Michael Bourn had two hits to give him a 13-game
hitting streak, matching his career best in 2011. Bourn grounded
out with the bases loaded to end the second and struck out with
runners on second and third to end the fourth.
NOTES: The Braves optioned RHP Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett
and recalled RHP Anthony Varvaro from Gwinnett. Gearrin gave up
Nick Swisher’s tiebreaking, two-run homer Tuesday night. …
Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte threw in the bullpen and reported no
problems after snagging a grounder with his bare left hand on
Sunday. Pettitte is scheduled to start Sunday at Washington. …
Attendance was 48,938, a sellout. … Braves LHP Eric O’Flaherty
was not available in the bullpen for the second straight day due to
stiffness in his left elbow. He said he plans to throw in the
bullpen on Friday and hopes to be ready Friday or Saturday. … 2B
Dan Uggla played his 1,000th game. … Former President Jimmy
Carter wore a Braves cap as he watched the game from a seat near
the Braves dugout. There was rain through much of the game but no
delay. … Each team is off on Thursday. The Braves open a home
series against Baltimore on Friday night and the Yankees continue
their tour through the NL East when they open a series at
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