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Albies hits 2-run homer on Rodón's second pitch and hot Braves romp 8-1 over skidding Yankees

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Albies hits 2-run homer on Rodón's second pitch and hot Braves romp 8-1 over skidding Yankees
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Albies hits 2-run homer on Rodón's second pitch and hot Braves romp 8-1 over skidding Yankees

2024-06-22 12:15 Last Updated At:12:20

NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer on Carlos Rodón’s second pitch of the night, Austin Riley and Matt Olson also went deep off the left-hander and the Atlanta Braves routed the suddenly struggling New York Yankees 8-1 on Friday for their seventh win in eight games.

“It’s kind of more of what I think who we are," Braves manager Brian Snitker said after his team improved to 32-31. "It’s good to see the guys hung in there and, hopefully, this is a trend that’s going to turn around for us.”

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Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy, left, celebrates with pitcher Grant Holmes, right, after a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ozzie Albies hit a two-run homer on Carlos Rodón’s second pitch of the night, Austin Riley and Matt Olson also went deep off the left-hander and the Atlanta Braves routed the suddenly struggling New York Yankees 8-1 on Friday for their seventh win in eight games.

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his two-run home run, near New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his two-run home run, near New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón watches a two-run home run by Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón watches a two-run home run by Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón, right, hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón, right, hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley hits a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley hits a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies runs the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies runs the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson, right, celebrates with Ozzie Albies after they scored on a home run by Olson against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson, right, celebrates with Ozzie Albies after they scored on a home run by Olson against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Chris Sale (10-2) joined Kansas City’s Seth Lugo and Philadelphia’s Ranger Suárez as the major leagues’ only 10-game winners, getting his first victory over the Yankees since 2018.

“Just like we weren’t worried when it wasn’t going well, we’re not going to sit here and throw a party when it is," Sale said. “You just got to stay consistent, stay on the job and keep pulling your weight.”

New York has lost five of six, including three in a row while allowing 32 runs to the Braves and Baltimore, and was in danger of dropping below the Orioles into second place in the AL East before Baltimore lost 14-11 at Houston.

By the end of the fourth inning, the Yankees had given up runs in 13 of 14 innings, including nine in a row — tying a team record from June 16-18, 1940.

“Nobody says it’s going to be easy to go through the whole year. Nobody says it's going to be flowers, roll all the way to the World Series,” Yankees star Juan Soto said. “We got to take it like a man and forget about it and just keep moving forward.”

Rodón (9-4) lost his second straight start after winning seven in a row. He gave up eight runs -- seven earned -- in 3 2/3 innings and 11 hits, including seven for extra bases. His ERA has climbed from 2.93 to 3.86 in his last two outings.

“They attacked me on my strengths and they executed their swings," he said.

He appeared to shout at assistant pitching coach Desi Druschel in the dugout after the top of the first.

“Emotions got going,” Rodón said. “Just a little fiery there. I gave up three runs, two homers, that’s pretty much why.”

Atlanta’s first five hits were off fastballs as the Braves extended their winning streak to four. Atlanta has won four straight over the Yankees, outscoring them 26-4.

Sale gave up one run and one hit in five innings with eight strikeouts and three walks. The 35-year-old left-hander was an All-Star in seven straight seasons through 2018, then struggled with injuries before Boston dealt him to Atlanta during the offseason.

Aaron Judge and Juan Soto each struck out twice against Sale. Judge has 18 strikeouts in 30 career at-bats against him and Soto has six in seven at-bats.

Albies homered after Jarred Kelenic's leadoff single and Riley also homered in the first. Kelenic hit a run-scoring single in the second, Ramón Laureano had an RBI double in the third and Olson hit a two-run homer in the fourth.

Riley was 2 for 3 with two walks and has 12 hits in his last 22 at-bats, including four homers and four doubles. Laureano had three doubles.

DJ LeMahieu drove in New York’s run with an RBI grounder in the second after Jahmai Jones’ wind-blown triple. The Yankees matched the season low with three hits. Brought up from Triple-A, Yoendrys Gómez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings and Phil Bickford got two outs in his Yankees debut.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Braves: RHP Ian Anderson (Tommy John surgery on April 12, 2023) made his first rehab appearance Tuesday for the Florida Complex League Braves, striking out four in two hitless innings. Anderson is to make another FCL start before going out to higher minor league club, Snitker said. Anderson, 26, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since Aug. 13, 2022. ... LHP A.J. Minter (hip inflammation) threw batting practice Wednesday and is slated to make a minor league rehab appearance Saturday for High-A Rome.

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres had an MRI that was negative after leaving Thursday’s game in the fifth inning because of right groin tightness. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he will be available this weekend.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Charlie Morton (4-3, 3.91) and Yankees RHP Marcus Stroman (6-3, 3.08) are to start Saturday.

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Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy, left, celebrates with pitcher Grant Holmes, right, after a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves catcher Sean Murphy, left, celebrates with pitcher Grant Holmes, right, after a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his two-run home run, near New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson watches his two-run home run, near New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies (1) runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón watches a two-run home run by Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón watches a two-run home run by Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón, right, hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón, right, hands the ball to manager Aaron Boone during the fourth inning of the team's baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley hits a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Austin Riley hits a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies runs the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Ozzie Albies runs the bases after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson, right, celebrates with Ozzie Albies after they scored on a home run by Olson against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Atlanta Braves' Matt Olson, right, celebrates with Ozzie Albies after they scored on a home run by Olson against the New York Yankees during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, June 21, 2024, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star Marcell Ozuna warmed up for the Home Run Derby with blasts of 413 and 422 feet, and Orlando Arcia had a two-run shot for the Atlanta Braves, who beat the San Diego Padres 6-1 on Friday night for their fifth win in seven games.

Ozuna left no doubt with his powerful shots. He led off the fifth with a 413-foot homer to left off knuckleballer Matt Waldron (5-8) that tied the score at 1 and then led off the ninth with a 422-footer to center off Enyel De Los Santos.

Ozuna has 26 homers this season. He was named an All-Star reserve and will participate in the Home Run Derby on Monday night.

Ozuna, who hit a career-high 40 homers last year, went deep in both games of a doubleheader against the Padres in Atlanta on May 20.

The Padres lost their fifth straight game and dropped to one game above .500.

After Ozuna's homer in the fifth, Adam Duvall doubled, advanced on Eddie Rosario's sacrifice bunt and scored on Travis d'Arnaud's single to right. Arcia followed with a 401-foot homer to left-center, his seventh, as Ozuna gestured in approval from the dugout.

The Padres had taken a 1-0 lead against rookie Spencer Schwellenbach (3-4) when Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado hit consecutive doubles opening the fourth.

Schwellenbach made his big league debut on May 29, two days before he turned 24.

Making his eighth start, he held the Padres to one run and three hits in seven innings, with three strikeouts and one walk.

Waldron allowed four runs and six hits in seven innings.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Padres: Activated 2B Xander Bogaerts from the disabled list. Optioned C Brett Sullivan to Triple-A El Paso. Recalled RHP Sean Reynolds from El Paso. Placed LHP Wandy Peralta on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a left adductor strain.

UP NEXT

Braves RHP Reynaldo López (7-2, 1.71 ERA) and Padres RHP Dylan Cease (7-8, 4.21) are scheduled to start Saturday night.

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San Diego Padres' Manny Machado watches his RBI double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Diego Padres' Manny Machado watches his RBI double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia, right, celebrates with teammate Travis d'Arnaud after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia, right, celebrates with teammate Travis d'Arnaud after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Atlanta Braves' Orlando Arcia rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, July 12, 2024, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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