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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.
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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 last 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 following 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.
"I don't know if I'm getting comfortable in New York," Kuroda said through a translator. "I think it's one win at a time, one game at a time."
Girardi said the Kuroda he saw beat the Braves is the pitcher the Yankees expected.
"This is what we saw in spring training," Girardi said. "This is what we saw last year and the scouts all saw. It's just consistency. You're starting to see the consistent velocity. You're starting to see the consistent slider, a better curveball. That leads me to believe that he'll continue."
Alex Rodriguez had an RBI single in the first inning for the Yankees, who have surged into first place in the AL East with sweeps of the Mets and Braves.
The Braves, who outhit the Yankees 12-7, wasted repeated scoring chances.
With runners on first and third in the eighth, Martin Prado hit into an inning-ending double play against Cody Eppley. It was the Braves' sixth inning with runners in scoring position -- they went 2 for 13 in that situation.
"We just couldn't get anybody in from third base," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I think we left a guy on base every inning. It's tough to pitch that way."
The Braves also left runners in scoring position in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings. They broke through against Kuroda only in the fifth.
Prado led off with a single. McCann, the next hitter, pulled a 2-2 pitch from Kuroda about 15 rows deep into the right field seats for his eighth homer, giving Atlanta a 2-1 lead.
Tim Hudson (4-3) gave up the lead before he could record an out in the sixth. Derek Jeter led off with a single. Granderson followed with his homer, a high flyball that stayed fair as it landed inside the right field pole and well beyond the reach of a leaping Jason Heyward, giving the Yankees a 3-2 lead.
Hudson said the pitch Granderson hit for a homer was "a cutter that didn't cut."
"It was frustrating, this series," Hudson said, referring to Tuesday night's loss when the Braves blew a 4-0 lead in losing 6-4.
"Last night I thought we were on the verge of breaking it open big all night and that didn't happen. And tonight, we got the big homer from McCann and then I let them get back in it with a homer."
Jeter led off the game with a double to center. He scored on a one-out single up the middle by Rodriguez.
Kuroda gave up nine hits and two walks. He set a season high with eight strikeouts.
Hudson gave up three runs on six hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
The Braves' frustrations with runners in scoring position continued when left-hander Boone Logan ended the seventh by getting Eric Hinske to fly out to center field, leaving runners stranded on first and third.
Hinske, who spent part of the 2009 season with the Yankees, started at first base. Freddie Freeman is still bothered by a bruised his left index finger. He was injured on June 6.
Freeman had three hits against Toronto on Sunday but was 0 for 7 in the first two games against the Yankees.
Atlanta's Michael Bourn had two hits to give him a 13-game hitting streak, matching his career best in 2011. Bourn grounded out with the bases loaded to end the second and struck out with runners on second and third to end the fourth.
|Curtis Granderson (left) is congratulated by Derek Jeter after hitting a two-run home run in the sixth inning. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||2||2||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||4||1||1||2||0||2||2||.254|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||1||0||.276|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.294|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.251|
|Boone Logan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cody Eppley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Chavez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.258|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nick Swisher, RF||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.203|
|Hiroki Kuroda, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Dewayne Wise, LF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.160|
|a-grounded out for Eppley in the 9th|
|2B - Derek Jeter (11, Hudson)|
|HR - Curtis Granderson (19, Hudson)|
|RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (36), Alex Rodriguez (30)|
|SB - Dewayne Wise (5, 2nd base off Durbin/McCann)|
|CS - Nick Swisher (1, 2nd base by Hudson/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Jeter-Cano-Teixeira|
|New York Yankees|
|Hiroki Kuroda (W,6-6)||6||9||2||2||2||8||1||3.43|
|Boone Logan (H,7)||1||0||0||0||2||1||0||2.45|
|Cody Eppley (H,3)||1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.29|
|Rafael Soriano (S,11)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||1.93|
|WP - Hiroki Kuroda (5), Boone Logan (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 110-75, Boone Logan 24-15, Cody Eppley 10-9, Rafael Soriano 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-4, Boone Logan 1-1, Cody Eppley 2-0, Rafael Soriano 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Boone Logan 5, Cody Eppley 4, Rafael Soriano 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||0||2||0||0||2||5||.319|
|Martin Prado, LF||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.320|
|Brian McCann, C||5||1||2||2||0||1||1||.243|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||1||2||.260|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||1||1||.304|
|Jason Heyward, RF||4||0||2||0||1||0||2||.250|
|Eric Hinske, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||4||.214|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.289|
|Tim Hudson, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.105|
|a- Juan Francisco, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.229|
|Chad Durbin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jack Wilson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Hudson in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Venters in the 8th|
|2B - Jason Heyward 2 (11, Kuroda, Kuroda)|
|HR - Brian McCann (8, Kuroda)|
|SH - Tim Hudson (3)|
|RBI - Brian McCann 2 (30)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - McCann-Uggla|
|Tim Hudson (L,4-3)||6||6||3||3||0||8||1||3.90|
|IBB - Rodriguez by Chad Durbin|
|WP - Craig Kimbrel (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 100-61, Chad Durbin 32-14, Jonny Venters 5-3, Craig Kimbrel 16-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 7-2, Craig Kimbrel 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Chad Durbin 7, Jonny Venters 1, Craig Kimbrel 4|
|Attendance - 48938|
|Game Time - 3:36|
|Temperature - 83|
|Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Chad Fairchild, Second Base - Alfonso Marquez, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|