Yankees hold of Braves rally, win middle game 8-5
The Yankees defeated the Braves on Tuesday night by a score of 8-5. Domingo Germán got the start for the Yankees, and did not have his best stuff. He went 4 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out six and walking three. Aaron Hicks got the scoring started in the first inning, staying hot with another home run, a two-run shot to put the Yankees up 2-0. Kyle Higashioka extended the lead to three in the second inning with his second Major League hit, another homer.
Two bases-loaded walks in the third, one to Brandon Drury and one to Higashioka, made it 5-0 Yankees. The lead was extended to 6-0 on a wild pitch by Luke Jackson that scored Brett Gardner, but the Braves seemed to be igniting a rally afterwards. A two-run homer by Ender Inciarte off of Germán made it 6-2 Yankees in the fifth, and was immediately followed up by a solo shot by Ozzie Albies. In the top of the seventh, Nick Markakis hit a two-run homer off of Adam Warren to cut the Yankees’ lead to one. After all this, Giancarlo Stanton stepped up with a two-run shot to right to put the Yankees up 8-5, and Aroldis Chapman pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the win and nail down his 24th save of the season.
The Yankees move to 55-28 on the season, and look to win the series on Wednesday afternoon going into an off-day before a long road trip. CC Sabathia will get the start on the Fourth of July, looking to build on his stellar 2018 season. He’ll go up against Julio Teheran, who has struggled a bit this year, posting a 6-5 record and a 4.21 ERA. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM ET.