Stanton, Hicks, Higashioka homer as Yankees beat Braves 8-5

NEW YORK (AP) Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton gave New York a scare with an awkward fall in right field. An inning later, he showed everyone in the Bronx that he was just fine.

Stanton, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Higashioka each homered and New York went ahead early and hung on to beat the Atlanta Braves 8-5 on Tuesday night.

Stanton was shaken up after crashing into the right field wall chasing after Nick Markakis' seventh-inning home run. He knocked padding off the base of the wall, and the team's training staff ran out to check on New York's prized offseason acquisition a pitch later. Stanton remained in the game, made a leaping catch later in the inning, then slugged his 20th home run of the season in the eighth.

''That's par for the course, that's baseball,'' Stanton said. ''If you get subbed in, you usually get the ball the first time, so, something like that happens, expect it.''

Stanton's homer gave New York some breathing room after the Braves crept on its early lead. His two-run shot off Evan Phillips made him the 11th player to reach 20 homers in each of his first nine major league seasons. Phillips was making his major league debut.

New York is a major league-best 32-13 at home. The Yankees improved to a majors-best 21-6 against left-handed starters and remain a game behind Boston for the best record in baseball.

Aaron Judge had two hits and a walk, and he stole two bases for the first time in his career. Hicks also walked twice as New York drew eight free passes.

Markakis and Ender Inciarte each hit two-run homers for Atlanta, which ended a four-game winning streak. The Braves remain atop the NL East but fell behind the Brewers for the best record in the NL.

A night after Atlanta rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. barely cleared the wall to give Atlanta an 11-inning victory, the Yankees took advantage of their cozy stadium.

Hicks continued his home run binge by hitting Sean Newcomb's 95 mph fastball two rows into the right field stands for his 15th of the season and a 2-0 lead in the first. Hicks has hit nine home runs in his last 17 games.

''He's put together a really good season for us and right now, he's at a really, really good place in the batter's box,'' Boone said.

Newcomb (8-3) stood on the mound shaking his head after the ball carried over the fence. The left-hander allowed five runs in 2 2/3 innings in the shortest start of his career. Newcomb had posted three straight quality starts but threw a career-high 111 pitches his last time out.

''Balls kind of get sucked up out there, so that's frustrating,'' he said.

New York scored twice in the third without a hit. Newcomb walked the bases loaded, then walked Brandon Drury to force in a run. Luke Jackson relieved, but he walked Higashioka for another run. Newcomb's five walks matched a career high.

''He was just having a hard time controlling everything,'' Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

Staked with a six-run cushion, Yankees starter Domingo German tired in the fifth. After Johan Camargo walked, Inciarte crushed a curveball into the stands for his sixth of the season.

Rookie Ozzie Albies homered on the next pitch to draw Atlanta within three. Freddie Freeman and Markakis hit consecutive singles to end German's night. Atlanta hit back-to-back homers for just the third time this season.

A.J. Cole, reinstated off the disabled list earlier in the day, struck out Tyler Flowers with the bases loaded to end the threat. Since being acquired from Washington on April 23, Cole (2-0) has allowed one earned run in 14 2/3 innings.

In the eighth, Chasen Shreve relieved with runners on first and second and one out and retired Inciarte and Albies to preserve a one-run lead.

Aroldis Chapman threw a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save. The hard-throwing closer was used in three straight games for the first time this season.

HAILEY'S HANDS

Eight-year old Hailey Dawson threw out the ceremonial first pitch with her 3D printed hand created by students at UNLV. Dawson was born with Poland Syndrome, a rare birth defect that left the youngster without the three middle fingers on her right hand. She has been on a quest to throw a first pitch for each MLB team.

HOMERING HIGASHIOKA

Higashioka became the third player in franchise history to homer for his first two big league hits, joining Alfonso Soriano (1999-2000) and Joe Lefebvre (1980).

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: INF Gleyber Torres (right hip stiffness) was held out of the starting lineup. The sensational rookie ''stiffened up'' Monday night, according to manager Aaron Boone, but entered as a defensive replacement in the eighth. ... RHP Masahiro Tanaka remains scheduled for a rehab start with Triple-A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday. Boone is hopeful Tanaka will throw between 65 and 75 pitches. ... C Austin Romine (left hamstring) was held out of the starting lineup for a third straight night

UP NEXT

LHP CC Sabathia (5-3, 3.02 ERA) pitches the series finale for New York. Sabathia allowed just seven earned runs over five starts in June (1.93 ERA) and is 3-1 in four starts against Atlanta. He's opposed by Julio Teheran (6-5, 4.21 ERA), who gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings in his only appearance against New York on Aug, 30, 2015.

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  • W: A. Cole (3-1)L: S. Newcomb (8-3)S: A. Chapman (24)
  • HR: ATL - N. Markakis (10), E. Inciarte (6), O. Albies (18), NYY - G. Stanton (20), A. Hicks (15), K. Higashioka (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Inciarte CF41221112.249.312.350.66210.5
O. Albies 2B51211014.273.315.508.8246.5
F. Freeman 1B51100013.309.398.532.9311.5
N. Markakis RF41221111.326.392.498.8908.5
K. Suzuki DH50100013.288.350.480.8300.5
R. Acuna LF40100012.273.329.489.8180.5
T. Flowers C40000045.241.367.388.755-2.0
J. Camargo 3B31100121.259.361.447.8082.0
D. Swanson SS40100021.246.296.410.7070.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41100101.251.347.367.7144.0
    A. Judge DH42200101.281.401.570.9709.0
    G. Stanton RF52221024.267.339.509.8488.0
    A. Hicks CF32121212.262.351.519.8709.5
    D. Gregorius SS40000015.252.318.462.779-0.5
    M. Andujar 3B30100110.282.312.511.8232.5
    B. Drury 1B30010101.200.314.333.6482.0
    G. Torres 2B00000000.296.353.560.9130.0
    K. Higashioka C31121121.154.267.615.8827.0
    N. Walker 2B-1B30000114.185.262.256.5180.5
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Inciarte (6), O. Albies (18), N. Markakis (10)
      • RBI - E. Inciarte 2 (33), O. Albies (49), N. Markakis 2 (58)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (12), M. Andujar (24)
      • HR - G. Stanton (20), A. Hicks (15), K. Higashioka (2)
      • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (48), A. Hicks 2 (40), B. Drury (5), K. Higashioka 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (21), A. Hicks 2 (11), B. Drury (5), K. Higashioka 2 (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Inciarte (22)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Judge 2 (6)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Newcomb (L, 8-3)2.23555223.101.23-11.0
      L. Jackson3.04111503.381.355.5
      E. Phillips2.11222117.711.291.5
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Newcomb (L, 8-3)2.2
      L. Jackson3.0
      E. Phillips2.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. German4.16333625.371.273.0
      A. Cole (W, 3-1)1.21000405.761.4011.0
      A. Warren (H, 2)1.14220112.111.31-2.5
      C. Shreve (H, 3)0.20000104.851.550.5
      A. Chapman (S, 24)1.00000201.430.8511.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. German4.1
      A. Cole (W, 3-1)1.2
      A. Warren (H, 2)1.1
      C. Shreve (H, 3)0.2
      A. Chapman (S, 24)1.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Jackson 2 (4)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 70-35, L. Jackson 62-40, E. Phillips 38-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 4-2, L. Jackson 2-2, E. Phillips 3-3
      • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 16, L. Jackson 14, E. Phillips 10
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 82-52, A. Cole 29-19, A. Warren 34-22, C. Shreve 8-6, A. Chapman 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 1-6, A. Warren 1-2, C. Shreve 1-0
      • Batters Faced - D. German 22, A. Cole 6, A. Warren 8, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 3
      • Balks - D. German
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Inciarte CF41221112.249.312.350.66210.5
      O. Albies 2B51211014.273.315.508.8246.5
      F. Freeman 1B51100013.309.398.532.9311.5
      N. Markakis RF41221111.326.392.498.8908.5
      K. Suzuki DH50100013.288.350.480.8300.5
      R. Acuna LF40100012.273.329.489.8180.5
      T. Flowers C40000045.241.367.388.755-2.0
      J. Camargo 3B31100121.259.361.447.8082.0
      D. Swanson SS40100021.246.296.410.7070.0
      Total385115331422-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF41100101.251.347.367.7144.0
        A. Judge DH42200101.281.401.570.9709.0
        G. Stanton RF52221024.267.339.509.8488.0
        A. Hicks CF32121212.262.351.519.8709.5
        D. Gregorius SS40000015.252.318.462.779-0.5
        M. Andujar 3B30100110.282.312.511.8232.5
        B. Drury 1B30010101.200.314.333.6482.0
        G. Torres 2B00000000.296.353.560.9130.0
        K. Higashioka C31121121.154.267.615.8827.0
        N. Walker 2B-1B30000114.185.262.256.5180.5
        Total3288738819-----
          BATTING
          • HR - E. Inciarte (6), O. Albies (18), N. Markakis (10)
          • RBI - E. Inciarte 2 (33), O. Albies (49), N. Markakis 2 (58)
          BATTING
          • 2B - B. Gardner (12), M. Andujar (24)
          • HR - G. Stanton (20), A. Hicks (15), K. Higashioka (2)
          • RBI - G. Stanton 2 (48), A. Hicks 2 (40), B. Drury (5), K. Higashioka 2 (3)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Stanton 2 (21), A. Hicks 2 (11), B. Drury (5), K. Higashioka 2 (2)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - E. Inciarte (22)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Judge 2 (6)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          S. Newcomb (L, 8-3)2.23555223.101.23-11.0
          L. Jackson3.04111503.381.355.5
          E. Phillips2.11222117.711.291.5
          Total8.0888883---
          PITCHERSIP
          S. Newcomb (L, 8-3)2.2
          L. Jackson3.0
          E. Phillips2.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. German4.16333625.371.273.0
          A. Cole (W, 3-1)1.21000405.761.4011.0
          A. Warren (H, 2)1.14220112.111.31-2.5
          C. Shreve (H, 3)0.20000104.851.550.5
          A. Chapman (S, 24)1.00000201.430.8511.0
          Total9.011553143---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. German4.1
          A. Cole (W, 3-1)1.2
          A. Warren (H, 2)1.1
          C. Shreve (H, 3)0.2
          A. Chapman (S, 24)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Jackson 2 (4)
          • Pitches-Strikes - S. Newcomb 70-35, L. Jackson 62-40, E. Phillips 38-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Newcomb 4-2, L. Jackson 2-2, E. Phillips 3-3
          • Batters Faced - S. Newcomb 16, L. Jackson 14, E. Phillips 10
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. German 82-52, A. Cole 29-19, A. Warren 34-22, C. Shreve 8-6, A. Chapman 14-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. German 1-6, A. Warren 1-2, C. Shreve 1-0
          • Batters Faced - D. German 22, A. Cole 6, A. Warren 8, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 3
          • Balks - D. German
          • 8TH INNING
            Stanton homered to right, Judge scored58
          • 7TH INNING
            Markakis homered to right, Freeman scored56
          • 5TH INNING
            Albies homered to right36
            Inciarte homered to right center, Camargo scored26
          • 4TH INNING
            Gardner scored, Judge to third on wild pitch06
          • 3RD INNING
            Higashioka walked, Hicks scored, Andujar to third, Drury to second05
            Drury walked, Judge scored, Hicks to third, Andujar to second04
          • 2ND INNING
            Higashioka homered to left03
          • 1ST INNING
            Hicks homered to right, Stanton scored02
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Chasen Shreve
            • F. Freeman: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Freeman struck out swinging
            • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
            • K. Suzuki: Suzuki flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Gleyber Torres at second base
            • T. Flowers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
            • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Camargo singled to right center
            • D. Swanson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to center, Camargo to second
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Adam Warren
            • E. Inciarte: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul tip, Inciarte struck out on foul tip
            • O. Albies: Albies grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Phillips Pitching:
            • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker grounded out to shortstop
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Judge reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gardner out at second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton homered to right, Judge scored
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks flied out to center
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Adam Warren relieved A.J. Cole
            • O. Albies: Foul, Albies singled to right
            • F. Freeman: Freeman reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Albies out at second
            • N. Markakis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Markakis homered to right, Freeman scored
            • K. Suzuki: Ball, Suzuki flied out to deep right
            • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Acuna flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Phillips Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike (foul tip), Andujar flied out to deep left
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury grounded out to pitcher
            • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • A. Cole Pitching:
            • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
            • D. Swanson: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Swanson struck out swinging
            • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Inciarte lined out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Jackson Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Judge singled to left
            • G. Stanton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Judge to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Stanton struck out on foul tip
            • Evan Phillips relieved Luke Jackson
            • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • J. Camargo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Camargo walked
            • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
            • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Foul, Inciarte homered to right center, Camargo scored
            • O. Albies: Albies homered to right
            • F. Freeman: Foul, Foul, Freeman singled to right
            • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Strike looking, Markakis singled to center, Freeman to second
            • A.J. Cole relieved Domingo German
            • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Suzuki struck out looking
            • R. Acuna: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Acuna reached on an infield single to shortstop, Freeman to third, Markakis to second
            • T. Flowers: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Flowers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (3 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Jackson Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar doubled to deep left
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Drury grounded out to second, Andujar to third
            • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Higashioka struck out swinging
            • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Walker struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Markakis walked
            • K. Suzuki: Strike looking, Ball, Suzuki flied out to left
            • R. Acuna: Acuna flied out to left
            • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Jackson Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Gardner doubled to left center
            • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Judge singled to left center, Gardner to third
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Judge stole second, Foul, Ball, Gardner scored, Judge to third on wild pitch, Foul, Gregorius flied out to center
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • D. Swanson: Ball, Swanson grounded out to catcher
            • E. Inciarte: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Inciarte walked
            • O. Albies: Albies popped out to second
            • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • S. Newcomb Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Stanton lined out to left
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Judge to second
            • D. Gregorius: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Judge stole third, Foul, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Andujar walked, Hicks to second
            • B. Drury: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Drury walked, Judge scored, Hicks to third, Andujar to second
            • Luke Jackson relieved Sean Newcomb
            • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Higashioka walked, Hicks scored, Andujar to third, Drury to second
            • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker lined out to first
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • K. Suzuki: Ball, Ball, Suzuki singled to left center
            • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
            • T. Flowers: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Flowers struck out looking
            • J. Camargo: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Suzuki to second on balk, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Newcomb Pitching:
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • B. Drury: Strike looking, Drury grounded out to first
            • K. Higashioka: Ball, Higashioka homered to left
            • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to first
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. German Pitching:
            • E. Inciarte: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Inciarte singled to right center
            • O. Albies: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
            • F. Freeman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Inciarte stole second, Freeman flied out to left
            • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Markakis flied out to center
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • S. Newcomb Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner lined out to pitcher
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to right
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Stanton singled to right center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks homered to right, Stanton scored
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded out to first
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)