ATLANTA — Not even Aroldis Chapman’s latest meltdown could slow down the Yankees.
They won their 11th straight on Tuesday night with a 5-4 victory over the Braves at Truist Park, but not before some more late-game drama and a bailout from Wandy Peralta.
Chapman gave up a one-out single to Adam Duvall. With two out, he walked pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza. Following a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Chapman nearly struck out Ozzie Albies, but Albies fouled off a 3-2 pitch and then beat out a single on a grounder to Rougned Odor at third to load the bases.
Jorge Soler walked to force in Duvall, cutting the Yankees’ lead to one before Peralta came on to face Freddie Freeman.
Freeman worked another full count before sending a fly ball to deep left, where Joey Gallo made the catch to end it, finally allowing the Yankees to exhale.
It’s the Yankees’ longest winning streak since they won 11 in a row in 1985, when they finished in second place in the AL East behind the Blue Jays and missed out on the postseason.
This year figures to have a different ending, as the Yankees look to secure at least a wild card spot — and make a run at the Rays for the division title.
On Tuesday, they got a two-run homer from DJ LeMahieu and solo shots by Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor, and solid work out of the bullpen — other than from Chapman.
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