Aiming to end a 15-game stretch of forgettable baseball, the Yankees expressed belief that their fortunes would eventually turn. They preached patience with their talented roster and promised not to quarrel with the form of slump-breaker: Whatever it took to put another decision in the win column would be fine.
In this case, a couple of gifts got them back to shaking hands at the conclusion of a ballgame. Aaron Hicks scored on Nate Jones’ eighth-inning wild pitch and Mike Ford worked a bases-loaded walk as the Yankees snapped their five-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Braves on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Hicks sparked the station-to-station rally, coming off the bench to work a pinch-hit walk. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge stroked singles to chase Tyler Matzek, and with Clint Frazier batting as a pinch-hitter for Brett Gardner, Jones uncorked a pitch that skipped to the backstop.
Ford — recalled earlier in the day from the alternate training site — later saw four pitches out of the strike zone, providing an insurance run for closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. Chapman logged his second save in as many opportunities, preserving a victory for Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
Jameson Taillon turned in his sharpest outing of the young season, limiting Atlanta to one run on four hits over five innings. Making his third start since returning from a second Tommy John procedure, Taillon permitted third-inning doubles to Guillermo Heredia and Ehire Adrianza that opened the scoring in the contest. Taillon walked one and struck out five, tossing 80 pitches.
Gio Urshela tied the game in the fifth, slugging a solo home run over the center-field wall and onto the netting that covers Monument Park. The homer was Urshela’s second of the season, producing all the offense the Yankees mustered against Charlie Morton. The right-hander limited New York to one run on three hits over six innings.
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