NEW YORK — Chipper Jones and the Atlanta Braves eventually caught the ball, and the New York Yankees.
Jones atoned for a costly error by cutting down the potential tying run at the plate, and the Braves held on to end the Yankees’ 10-game winning streak with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
“Sometimes you’re going to whiff on some balls,” the All-Star third baseman said. “But you’ve got to have a hockey goalie mentality down there. You’ve got to flush it or you’re going to get the next one down your throat.”
The Yankees were trying to match their longest winning string in nearly a half-century. Instead, the Braves threw out two runners at home and won for only the second time in nine games — their skid included four losses to the Yankees.
“They pitched really well and had some really good defense. That’s kind of what we’ve been doing,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.