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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 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."
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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.
"We wouldn't have gotten there if it wasn't for Jason Heyward," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Rookie Andrelton Simmons drove in two runs and Jones delivered an RBI double for the slumping Braves.
Down by a run, the Yankees threatened in the seventh. Curtis Granderson opened with a single off Jonny Venters, Alex Rodriguez walked and the runners moved up on a groundout. Teixeira followed with a sharp grounder and Granderson broke home, but Jones made a strong throw and catcher Brian McCann applied the tag. Raul Ibanez then struck out.
"You play third base, you know you're going to have the lowest-fielding percentage in the infield," Jones said. "You get some rockets, some balls with topspin. The big thing on that play was the pick. Once I picked it, I could make the throw and Mac set a nice target."
The Yankees' recent run was built entirely against NL teams. Only once since 1965 had the Yankees won 11 in a row, and that was in 1985. The team's record winning streak was 19 in 1947.
"None of the breaks kind of went our way tonight," Teixeira said.
The Braves were hurt by missing mitts more than missing bats in the early innings.
In the second, center fielder Michael Bourn got twisted around trying to track down Nick Swisher's deep drive. Bourn tapped his glove, then saw the ball glance off the tip as he ran into the padded wall on a two-run double. Swisher was sidelined the past two games with a bruised left quadriceps.
In the fourth, Ibanez hit a grounder that first baseman Freddie Freeman misplayed for an error. With two outs and two on, Jones let Russell Martin's low liner skip off his glove for an error that scored a run and made it 3-all. As the crowd cheered, the 40-year-old Jones looked down at the ground, took off his mitt and scuffed the dirt.
"I could've made that play," he said.
Jones grounded an RBI double in the top of the fourth, a day after the scuffling star said he needed to do more at the plate. Later in the inning, Simmons hit a bases-loaded single that scored a run, but Heyward was nailed at third base for the third out an instant before Jones slid home.
Heyward threw out Teixeira in the fifth. In the sixth, Heyward victimized Teixeira again, hitting a hard grounder that nailed the first baseman in the left foot for an RBI single with two outs that put Atlanta ahead 4-3.
|Jason Heyward goes 2-for-3 with a triple and the go-ahead RBI to lift the Braves over the Yankees. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Michael Bourn, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||0||.311|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Brian McCann, C||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.240|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||4||2||.247|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||1||0||0||1||0||1||.247|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||3||0||1||1||1||0||0||.279|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||1||2||1||1||1||0||.258|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||4||0||2||2||0||1||2||.345|
|Eric Hinske, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.196|
|2B - Brian McCann (9, Kuroda), Chipper Jones (4, Kuroda)|
|3B - Jason Heyward (4, Kuroda)|
|RBI - Chipper Jones (25), Jason Heyward (31), Andrelton Simmons 2 (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones (4), Jason Heyward (10), Andrelton Simmons (5)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Jason Heyward 1|
|DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Freddie Freeman (1, Misplayed grounder), Chipper Jones (6, Dropped line drive)|
|Tim Hudson (W,5-3)||5||4||3||2||5||5||0||3.88|
|Chad Durbin (H,6)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.62|
|Jonny Venters (H,13)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||4.05|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,11)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.75|
|Craig Kimbrel (S,20)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.38|
|HBP - A. Jones (by Eric O'Flaherty)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 109-65, Chad Durbin 7-6, Jonny Venters 22-11, Eric O'Flaherty 10-4, Craig Kimbrel 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 5-6, Chad Durbin 2-1, Jonny Venters 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 25, Chad Durbin 3, Jonny Venters 5, Eric O'Flaherty 3, Craig Kimbrel 3|
|New York Yankees|
|Derek Jeter, SS||3||0||0||0||2||1||1||.313|
|Curtis Granderson, CF||5||0||1||0||0||3||4||.253|
|Alex Rodriguez, DH||4||0||0||0||1||2||1||.265|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.296|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||0||0||.253|
|Raul Ibanez, LF||3||2||1||0||1||1||2||.239|
|Nick Swisher, RF||3||0||2||2||1||0||2||.267|
|Eric Chavez, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||1||3||.255|
|a- Andruw Jones, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Jayson Nix, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.244|
|Russell Martin, C||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.201|
|a-hit by pitch for Chavez in the 8th|
|2B - Raul Ibanez (10, Hudson), Nick Swisher (19, Hudson)|
|RBI - Nick Swisher 2 (42)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1|
|New York Yankees|
|Hiroki Kuroda (L,6-7)||7||6||4||4||3||6||0||3.57|
|WP - Hiroki Kuroda (6)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 97-61, Boone Logan 16-11, David Robertson 8-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 9-5, Boone Logan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 29, Boone Logan 3, David Robertson 4|
|Attendance - 41219|
|Game Time - 2:57|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Gerry Davis, Second Base - Phil Cuzzi, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez|