MLB: Braves take two of three from sliding Yankees

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Max Fried pitched six solid innings, leadoff hitter Jarred Kelenic drove in two runs and the visiting Atlanta Braves earned a 3-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday afternoon.

The Braves won their third straight series and improved to 8-2 in their past 10 games since a five-game losing streak June 7-12.

Fried (7-3) won for the fourth time in five decisions by holding the Yankees to one run on six hits. He struck out four, walked none for the third time this season and got 10 outs via groundouts.

Kelenic homered in the third off New York starter Nestor Cortes (4-6) and added a sacrifice fly when the Braves scored two in the fifth. Ozzie Albies contributed an RBI single.

Anthony Volpe hit an RBI double for the Yankees, who lost their third straight series and fell for the seventh time in 10 games. New York took the loss after placing Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list because of a strained left hamstring and acquiring infielder J.D. Davis from the Oakland Athletics.

Cortes allowed three runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none in a 102-pitch outing.

Braves reliever Pierce Johnson allowed a hit in the seventh and Joe Jimenez struck out Juan Soto on a pitch clock violation to end the eighth. Soto stepped out of the batter’s box and was not granted a timeout by plate umpire Chris Conroy as Jimenez threw a called third strike with one second left on the clock.

Raisel Iglesias needed 10 pitches in a perfect ninth for his 20th save, reaching that plateau for the sixth time in his career.

Kelenic hit his seventh homer of the season when he lifted a pitch into the right-center-field seats with two outs in the third. Atlanta then added two in the fifth as Kelenic lifted a fly ball to score Ramon Laureano and Albies singled to right to score Orlando Arcia.

The Yankees settled for one in the sixth when Volpe drove in Trent Grisham by getting a double to center. Volpe was thrown out trying to advance to third on a ground ball by Soto, and Alex Verdugo grounded into a double play to end the inning.

–Field Level Media

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