Braves cool off Yankees


NEW YORK - After more than a week of winning, the New York Yankees came up a couple of feet short.

Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson were thrown out at the plate, and the Yankees' 10-game winning streak ended Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

"None of the breaks kind of went our way tonight," Teixeira said.

The Yankees were trying to match their longest winning string in nearly a half-century. Instead, Chipper Jones and the Braves overcame early bobbles and won for the second time in nine games.

Jason Heyward singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth inning off Hiroki Kuroda (6-7). Heyward also tripled and scored, and he nailed Teixeira at home with a strong throw from right field.

Rookie Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs, and Jones hit an RBI double for the Braves to back Tim Hudson (5-3). Craig Kimbrel picked up his 20th save.

Down by a run, the Yankees threatened in the seventh. Curtis Granderson opened with a single off Jonny Venters, Alex Rodriguez walked, and the runners moved up on a groundout. Teixeira followed with a sharp grounder to Jones, and Granderson broke home. But the third baseman made an accurate throw, and catcher Brian McCann applied the tag. Raul Ibanez then struck out.

 

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