Now that Freddie Freeman is healthy and Jason Heyward is playing up to the hype that surrounded him in 2010, it seems the Atlanta Braves' young bats may carry them into another winning streak. The pair was responsible for three of Atlanta's five home runs in the 10-5 win over the New York Yankees.
The Braves tagged Yankees starter Phil Hughes for four homers and six runs over 4 1/3 innings, and the Yankees did nearly as much damage to Tommy Hanson, who surrendered four runs on four homers in five-plus innings. It was the third time that Hanson has given up four home runs in his career.
"[The ballpark] is small to the corners, but give us some credit," Heyward said. "We swung the bats really well today. They hit the ball just as well a couple times. It's just that kind of ballpark. But you've also got two teams capable of hitting a lot of home runs."
Freeman, Heyward, David Ross and Martin Prado all left the yard in the win for a season-high five home runs. It is the first time they have won consecutive games since June 9.
The Braves got started immediately when Michael Bourn singled to start the game, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Dan Uggla. Freeman would jump on the first pitch he saw for his ninth homer of the year. Prado would hit a solo shot in the third, Heyward struck with a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run shot in the eighth, and Ross led off the fifth with a solo homer.
Hanson started his efforts by giving up a lead-off home run to Derek Jeter in the first, but he quickly settled into a good rhythm, striking out five over five-plus. He would sputter, however, by giving up a lead-off shot to Eric Chavez in the fifth and back-to-back homers to Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano to start the sixth, resulting in his departure.
"There were some balls hit pretty good today, and we survived," Fredi Gonzalez said.
With the lead cut from 6-1 to 6-4, the Braves got a scare in the seventh inning when Chad Durbin walked two of the first three batters he faced before allowing the lead to be cut to one via a Curtis Granderson RBI-single. The run was the first Durbin has given up since May 7, but he quickly recovered and induced an inning-ending double play from A-Rod.
The Braves would re-extend their lead in the next half inning when Prado started the eighth with a double and was driven in by Freeman on a groundout, followed by Heyward's second homer of the day.
The nine total home runs by the Braves and Yankees combined set a a record for the new Yankee Stadium.
The win gives the Braves high spirits going into an off day Thursday before starting a three-game series at Fenway Park with the Boston Red Sox on Friday.
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