Yankees ride trio of 2-out HRs to 20-6 runaway over Braves
ATLANTA (AP) -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a three-run homer, Chase Headley and Stephen Drew each added a two-run shot and the New York Yankees routed the Atlanta Braves 20-6 on Sunday to finish a three-game sweep.
All three homers, which helped build an 8-2 lead, came with two outs. Headley and Drew, who had four hits, both drove in four runs.
After the Braves cut the lead to 8-5, pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the Yankees' nine-run seventh inning.
The U.S. flag at Turner Field flew at half-staff and a moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of Gregory K. Murrey.
Murrey, a Braves season-ticket holder, died after falling from the upper deck to the lower-level seats on Saturday night. He was 60.
The Braves displayed a photo of Murrey on the video board during the moment of silence.
Despite the sweep, the Yankees gained no ground on AL East-leading Toronto, which beat Detroit 9-2. The Blue Jays still lead New York by 1 1/2 games.
The Yankees almost matched their season high for runs set in a 21-5 win at Texas on July 28. They scored 38 runs in the series.
The Braves have lost five straight and 12 of 13. They have dropped nine consecutive interleague games since a win over Boston on June 17.
Nathan Eovaldi (14-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in five-plus innings. He left the game after giving up three straight hits in the Braves' three-run sixth.
Atlanta rookie Adonis Garcia led off the seventh with a homer against Branden Pinder.
Julio Teheran (9-7) gave up nine hits and eight runs in 4 1-3 innings. He had been 7-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 13 home starts but was hurt by three walks and the two homers.
Ellsbury hit his seventh homer with two outs in the second. Headley's homer came after Teheran walked Greg Bird in the third inning. Teheran then walked Didi Gregorius before Drew's homer to right.
Drew also drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk from Sugar Ray Marimon after Teheran exited in the fifth.
Freddie Freeman and A.J. Pierzynski had run-scoring singles in the third inning for Atlanta.
Andrelton Simmons' two-run single in the sixth - the third straight hit in the inning - knocked Eovaldi out of the game. Simmons' hit drove in Garcia, who reached on a single, and Jace Peterson, who doubled.
Pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes' bloop single to right field off Adam Warren drove in Simmons, cutting New York's lead to 8-5.
Chasen Shreve walked Freeman to load the bases before Pierzynski's groundout ended the inning.
Brian McCann had a two-run single and Headley a two-run double in the big eighth inning. Pinder, New York's fourth pitcher, hit a run-scoring double off Jake Brigham in the eighth for his first career hit.
Yankees: It is not known if 1B Mark Teixeira (bruised right shin) will be available in the three-game series at Boston that begins Monday. "There just hasn't been a lot of improvement," manager Joe Girardi said.
Yankees: RHP Ivan Nova (5-6) faces the Red Sox. Nova is 3-4 with a 5.05 ERA in 10 career games, including nine starts, against Boston.
Braves: RHP Mike Foltynewicz will start the opening game of a home series against the Marlins. Foltynewicz beat Miami on Aug. 8, when he allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings of Atlanta's 7-2 win.