ATLANTA — Joe Girardi said Hiroki Kuroda is finally becoming comfortable in his first season with the New York Yankees.
The Yankees seem to always feel comfortable in Atlanta.
Curtis Granderson hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning and the streaking Yankees beat the Braves 3-2 on Wednesday night to complete their second straight three-game sweep.
The Yankees, now 9-2 at Turner Field, have won all four regular-season series in Atlanta. Including the 1996 and 1999 World Series championships over the Braves, New York has won 14 of its past 16 games in Atlanta.
Kuroda (6-6) gave up two runs in six innings. He stranded runners in scoring position in the second, third and fourth innings before giving up Brian McCann’s two-run shot in the fifth. Granderson answered an inning later with his 19th homer.
Kuroda has won three straight decisions, giving up a combined four runs in four starts in that span after he won only three of his first nine decisions.
Girardi said the 37-year-old Kuroda, who signed a one-year deal with New York after four seasons with the Dodgers, needed time to adjust to his new baseball home.
“I think getting comfortable in New York sometimes can take a while,” Girardi said. “I’ve seen it happen to some great pitchers. It can take a while.”
Kuroda wasn’t so sure his success was a matter of adjusting to New York.
Source: ESPN