The New York Yankees failed to chalk up their first 11-game winning streak in almost 27 years with a 4-3 defeat to the visiting Atlanta Braves.
The Yankees haven’t won 11 straight Major League Baseball games since September 1985. The team’s record run of 19 consecutive wins was set from June 29 to July 17, 1947. Last night’s defeat was New York’s second in 10 games at Yankee Stadium.
Nick Swisher gave the home team the lead in the second inning with a two-run double. The Braves cut the deficit in the third when Jason Heyward scored on Andrelton Simmons’s groundout, and Atlanta took a 3-2 lead on a run-scoring double by Chipper Jones and an RBI single by Simmons in the fourth.
Raul Ibanez scored on an error by Atlanta third baseman Jones in the fourth before the Braves got the decisive run in the sixth on a run-scoring infield single by Heyward.
It was the first game this season at Yankee Stadium without a home run. New York is now 1-13 in games where it hasn’t hit a home run this year.
Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda dropped to 6-7 after giving up four runs on six hits in seven innings. Atlanta starter Tim Hudson improved to 5-3 after surrendering three runs on four hits in five innings. Four Atlanta relievers kept the Yankees scoreless for four innings to secure the win.
The Braves, whose three-game series against the Yankees concludes today, improved to 36-32 with their second win in nine games. The Yankees (41-26) remain 2 1/2 games ahead of the Baltimore Orioles (39-29) atop the American League East division.
The New York Mets logged their second straight 5-0 win against the Orioles to improve to 37-32, three games behind the National League East-leading Washington Nationals (38-27), who lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Rays last night.
It was Washington’s fourth straight defeat since the Yankees ended the Nationals’ six-game winning streak on June 15.