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ATLANTA -- Alex Rodriguez is starting to get his groove back.
"We needed that," he said. "I needed it. I felt like my body was reacting pretty well."
The Yankees have won two straight after a three-game losing streak. New York took sole possession of second place in the AL East and moved four games behind Boston in the AL East.
Rodriguez, who drove in six runs over seven at-bats before striking out in the eighth, gave the Yankees a 10-6 lead with a two-run single in the seventh off reliever Peter Moylan.
His 10th homer in the first, a solo shot, tied Jackson for 11th place on baseball's career list.
"I'm sure Mr. October will have something to say about that," Rodriguez said of Jackson.
Rodriguez and Johnny Damon finished with four RBI.
It was Rodriguez's first road home run since connecting on the first swing of his season at Baltimore on May 8 and his first multihit game since going 5 for 5 at Texas on May 25. The three-time AL MVP seems to have recovered quickly after his average sunk to .204 through his first two at-bats Wednesday.
The Yankees' interleague road trip continues this weekend when they face the rival Mets at Citi Field.
New York won its second straight since general manager Brian Cashman arrived unexpectedly at Turner Field.
"It has nothing to do with me," Cashman said. "When you have talent, all you need is for a few things to break."
Rivera, who needs one save to join Trevor Hoffman as the only pitchers with 500, faced one batter, retiring pinch-hitter Diory Hernandez on fly out, to strand two runners. Rivera has converted 17 of 18 chances this season.
Jeter went 4 for 5, scored four runs and reached on a walk and an error. Damon, whose three-run triple in the third gave the Yankees a 6-1 lead, also had an RBI single to make it 11-6 in the eighth. His 95 career triples are the most of any active player.
"It makes a huge difference [because] I don't think Derek and I have been hot together all year," Damon said. "Hopefully this is a sign of things to come. When we're both on our game, we're going to score tons of runs."
Atlanta scored five runs in the fourth off Yankees starter Andy Pettitte as the left-hander was chased when Yunel Escobar's two-run single cut the lead to 8-6 with two out in third. Pettitte gave up seven hits, six runs -- three earned -- and three walks with four strikeouts. Reliever
Alfredo Aceves (5-1) got the win in relief.
Derek Lowe (7-6) lost his third consecutive start, failing to retire a batter in the fourth and allowing seven hits, six runs -- four earned -- and walked three with four strikeouts in three innings.
"Terrible," Lowe said. "Three in a row. Obviously, tonight was a disaster."
The Braves had their second consecutive defeat and fourth in the past six. Atlanta is 1-6-3 over its past 10 series.
"It's frustrating because we had a chance to win a series for the first time in a long time," Lowe said. "We go out and get shelled again for the second in my three starts."
Aceves struck out Garret Anderson to strand two runners in the fourth. He and Phil Coke combined to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings before David Roberston gave up Brian McCann's eighth home run in the ninth to end the scoring.
Escobar went 2 for 4 with three RBI. His first-inning RBI double cut New York's lead to 2-1.
"We got close to holding them, and they would find a hole somewhere," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "There was not an easy out anywhere."
Damon improved his average to .538 in 13 at-bats against Lowe. The two were teammates when Boston won the 2004 World Series.
Lowe, who pitched last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, had gone a span of 37 starts without losing three straight. Making his 40th career appearance, including 16 starts, against New York, Lowe dropped to 8-11 and raised his ERA to 6.41 when facing the Yankees.
"They have done very good against me," Lowe said. "Looking back at my earlier struggles against them, that was a different team then. Today was just awful pitching."
|Alex Rodriguez tours the bases after another milestone home run and winds up with four RBI. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||5||4||4||0||1||0||0||.308|
|Johnny Damon, LF||4||1||3||4||2||1||1||.293|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||0||0||0||1||1||5||.280|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||5||2||3||4||1||1||2||.223|
|Jorge Posada, C||4||1||1||0||2||0||4||.272|
|Nick Swisher, RF||6||0||1||0||0||2||5||.238|
|Mariano Rivera, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Gardner, CF||6||1||2||0||0||1||5||.281|
|Cody Ransom, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||0||3||.200|
|Andy Pettitte, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.200|
|Alfredo Aceves, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Hideki Matsui, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Phil Coke, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|David Robertson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Melky Cabrera, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|a-grounded out for Aceves in the 7th|
|2B - Cody Ransom (6, Medlen)|
|3B - Johnny Damon (3, Lowe)|
|HR - Alex Rodriguez (10, Lowe)|
|SH - Andy Pettitte (1)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon 4 (45), Alex Rodriguez 4 (34), Cody Ransom 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 3 (20), Alex Rodriguez 2 (13), Cody Ransom 2 (7)|
|SB - Derek Jeter (17, 3rd base off Logan/McCann), Johnny Damon (7, 2nd base off Logan/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Ransom-Jeter-Teixeira|
|E - Brett Gardner (1, Dropped fly)|
|New York Yankees|
|Alfredo Aceves (W,5-1)||2.1||2||0||0||1||1||0||2.16|
|Mariano Rivera (S,17)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.07|
|HBP - Diaz (by Andy Pettitte)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andy Pettitte 95-59, Alfredo Aceves 33-21, Phil Coke 24-16, David Robertson 25-16, Mariano Rivera 6-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andy Pettitte 2-6, Alfredo Aceves 3-2, Phil Coke 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Andy Pettitte 23, Alfredo Aceves 9, Phil Coke 7, David Robertson 5, Mariano Rivera 1|
|Nate McLouth, CF||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.258|
|Martin Prado, 2B-1B||5||1||2||0||0||0||2||.294|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||1||1||0||2||1||2||.300|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||1||1||1||5||.324|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||5||0||2||3||0||1||1||.292|
|Garret Anderson, LF||5||1||2||0||0||1||4||.281|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.253|
|Casey Kotchman, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||2||1||.266|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Gregor Blanco, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.111|
|Derek Lowe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Kris Medlen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Javier Vazquez, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.074|
|Boone Logan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Diory Hernandez, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||.108|
|a-singled for Acosta in the 9th|
|b-hit by pitch for Medlen in the 4th|
|c-walked for O'Flaherty in the 5th|
|2B - Nate McLouth (14, Aceves), Yunel Escobar (15, Pettitte), Jeff Francoeur (8, Pettitte), Casey Kotchman (17, Pettitte)|
|HR - Brian McCann (8, Robertson)|
|SH - Derek Lowe (5)|
|RBI - Brian McCann (31), Yunel Escobar 3 (39), Casey Kotchman 2 (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar 3 (19)|
|Team LOB - 11|
|DP - Prado-Escobar-Kotchman|
|E - Yunel Escobar 2 (11, Throwing), Chipper Jones (12, Misplayed grounder)|
|Derek Lowe (L,7-6)||3||11||8||6||3||0||1||4.53|
|IBB - Teixeira by Boone Logan, Posada by Peter Moylan|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 78-43, Kris Medlen 16-10, Eric O'Flaherty 15-8, Boone Logan 26-15, Peter Moylan 14-7, Manny Acosta 38-26|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 6-3, Eric O'Flaherty 2-1, Boone Logan 3-1, Peter Moylan 1-0, Manny Acosta 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 23, Kris Medlen 4, Eric O'Flaherty 5, Boone Logan 7, Peter Moylan 4, Manny Acosta 9|
|Attendance - 47508|
|Game Time - 3:49|
|Temperature - 90|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Jim Reynolds, Second Base - Tim Welke, Third Base - James Hoye|