ATLANTA – Even Aroldis Chapman’s latest crisis couldn’t slow the Yankees down.
They won for the 11th straight game on Tuesday night, with a 5-4 win over the Braves at Truist Park, but not before another late-game drama and a bailout from Wandy Peralta.
The Yankees were leading 5-3 in the ninth inning, when Chapman gave up a single with an out to Adam Duvall. With two strikeouts, he walked pinch hitter Ehire Adrianza. Following a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Chapman nearly knocked Ozzie Albies off at bat, but Albies fouled on a 3-2 field, then beat a single on the field against Rougned Odor. in the third row to load the goals.
Chapman then led Jorge Soler to force Duvall, reducing the Yankees’ lead to one and leading Peralta to face Freddie Freeman.
Freeman worked another full count before sending a flying ball deep down the left, where Joey Gallo caught up to finish it, finally allowing the Yankees to expire.
This is the Yankees’ longest winning streak since winning 11 in a row in 1985. That year, they finished second in the AL East behind the Blue Jays, but have missed the playoffs.
This year is set to have a different end, as the Yankees try to run to the Rays for the division title and secure at least one wildcard spot.
On Tuesday they got a two-run homerun from DJ LeMahieu and solo shots from Giancarlo Stanton and Odor, as well as some solid work out of the bullpen – other than Chapman.
It came after Andrew Heaney gave up a two-point brace to Dansby Swanson in the first.
Stanton continued his hot strikes with a home run to take the lead in the second.
In the fourth, Aaron Judge doubled up to open the set. Gallo snorted and Stanton scored the floor, moving Judge to third place.
The judge scored on Gary Sanchez’s single on the left to tie the score at 2-2.
The Yankees took the lead the next inning when Andrew Velazquez hit a single and LeMahieu hit a home run with one out and two runs against Braves starter Charlie Morton to make it 4-2. It was only LeMahieu’s ninth circuit of the season.
Heaney calmed down and allowed just two runs in four innings before being called out.
Before leaving, Heaney got out of a traffic jam at the end of the fourth.
With runners in the first and second and two outs, Heaney appeared to hit Joc Pederson with a 2-2 pitch. But Pederson started to sway and home plate umpire Chris Conroy decided he had gone around to end the set. Pederson contested the appeal and was ejected.
After securing the first out in the fifth, Albert Abreu ceded a single to Albies and walked Soler. It was taken out for southpaw Joely Rodriguez, who put Freeman in third.
The Yankees failed to turn the double play, leaving the runners in the corners with two strikeouts for Austin Riley.
Riley picked the middle to score Albies, and Freeman tried to go all the way around the first. The judge rushed to line up the ball and shot Velazquez, who gave Sanchez a powerful throw at home plate.
Sanchez applied a sweep tag on Freeman, but he was called out. Reruns showed he could have been safe and the Braves challenged the play, but the appeal was upheld, leaving the Yankees ahead with a run.
Richard Rodriguez came to Atlanta to start the sixth, after Morton sniffed nine in five innings.
The smell started the seventh with a long home run for former Yankee Chris Martin straight away.
Chad Green scored a scoreless baseline in the seventh before giving up back-to-back singles to Freeman and Riley with a strikeout in the eighth.
With Atlanta down two points, Riley foolishly tried to come in second on the game and was sent off for the second out. Green pushed Swanson to third to end the round.