By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) _ These AL vs. NL matchups are becoming quite a
mismatch for the New York Yankees.
CC Sabathia struck out 10, Derek Jeter drove in three runs and
the Yankees won their 10th straight game, beating the Atlanta
Braves 6-2 Monday night.
Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano hit solo home runs as New York
equaled its longest winning streak since May 2005.
The team with the AL’s best record kept rampaging in interleague
play _ all 10 of these triumphs have come against NL teams with
winning records, including a sweep at Turner Field last week.
“I don’t think you’re ever satisfied. I think when you become
satisfied you can go backwards,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
“Guys always feel that they can do more, and that’s the bottom
“We’re finding ways,” he said. “We’re doing a good job.”
Since 1965, the Yankees have had only one winning streak of at
least in 11 games, doing that in 1985.
“It hasn’t all been blowouts,” Sabathia said. “It’s coming
together for us.”
Michael Bourn led off the game with a triple and scored when
Martin Prado followed with a groundout, ending Atlanta’s 20-inning
shutout string. But the Braves’ first game at the new Yankee
Stadium and first trip to the Bronx since 2006 still resulted in
their seventh loss in eight tries.
After the game, it got even worse for the Braves. Manager Fredi
Gonzalez revealed that Brandon Beachy, who’s leading the majors
with a 2.00 ERA, has a partial tear in his right elbow.
Gonzalez did not elaborate on the severity of the injury. He
said the 25-year-old Beachy would see the team doctor, then visited
noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion.
As for Atlanta’s latest loss, Gonzalez said: “We haven’t kept
the lineup moving. We haven’t battled in at-bats.
Indeed, Sabathia noted that the Braves “were hacking early.”
The big lefty gave up seven hits in his 34th career complete
game, and first since last July. He walked one, and fanned Chipper
Jones and Jason Heyward to finish it.
Sabathia beat the Braves last Tuesday, too, and improved to 22-8
lifetime in interleague play. The workhorse had thrown exactly
seven innings in his previous five starts, and topped that. He also
became the latest Yankees starter to excel _ the group is 12-1 in
June, fueling New York’s dominant run.
“You don’t want to be the guy who messes up,” Sabathia said.
Mike Minor (3-5) took a 2-0 lead into the fifth before Alex
Rodriguez opened with a sharp single for the Yankees’ first hit.
Robinson Cano followed with a walk and Russell Martin lined a
ground-rule double. Rodriguez scored on the hit, moving him past
Mel Ott for 11th place on the career runs list with 1,860.
After another walk and foul out, Jeter came up for a club that
has had trouble all season getting hits with runners in scoring
position. He worked the count full, then grounded a hard single
into center field that gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead and brought his
cheering parents to their feet in a private box.
David Ross singled with two outs in the Atlanta sixth and Bourn
hit a grounder through the middle. Jeter made a dive, and the
shortstop got a forceout at second.
Teixeira hit the Yankees’ major league-leading 100th home run in
the sixth. Jeter added an RBI single in the seventh off Kris Medlen
and Cano hit his 13th homer in the eighth.
Sabathia protected the lead, making it another missed Monday
chance for the Braves _ they are 0-10 on Mondays this season.
NOTES: Yankees OF Nick Swisher (bruised quad) sat out his second
straight game. Girardi expects Swisher will return to the lineup in
the next few days. … Sitting in the right-center field stands,
comedian-actor Cedric the Entertainer led the Bleacher Creatures in
their “roll call.” Recently, New York Giants center David Baas
and NBA player Antawn Jamison also took part in the playful player
introductions. “It’s a little tradition they’re starting here,
like having someone sing at Wrigley Field in the seventh-inning
stretch,” said Cedric, a big Cardinals fan. “Jump in there with
the crazies, fire everybody up.” … Braves 1B Freddie Freeman
(injured finger) missed his fifth straight game.
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